Police investigate early morning shooting in central Lawrence; suspect at large

Lawrence police stand by a home in the 2100 block of Carolina Street around 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 2015. Police were investigating a shooting that was reported around 4:30 a.m.

Crime scene investigators remain at a home thought to be the scene of a shooting that left a teenage boy with a wounded leg early Friday morning.

Emergency responders were dispatched to the home in the 2100 block of Carolina Street around 4:40 a.m., Lawrence Police Department spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley said.

“We found a teenage victim had a gunshot wound. That wound was nonlife-threatening,” McKinley said.

The home is just southwest of Lawrence High School.

Medics at the scene reported the teenager, who McKinley said is under the age of 18, had been shot in the upper left thigh. His injuries were described as serious. Medics took the man by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital for treatment.

McKinley said at 1 p.m. Friday that the victim had been released from the hospital. He also said that no suspects had been taken into custody.

Police believe the shooting happened in front of the home and began with an argument, which may have grown physical, McKinley said. After the shooting, the suspect fled the area on foot.

“We are working on identification of the shooter involved and also the location of that person,” McKinley said. “That portion of the investigation is still ongoing.”

McKinley said he anticipated that he would be able to provide more information once someone is taken into custody.

Scanner traffic from officers at the scene indicated that police are looking for a black or mixed-race man who is about 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a mask and a white T-shirt. No vehicles were seen in the area and the suspect is believed to have left to the south.

This story was first reported by Journal-World partner, Operation 100 News.

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