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Shots fired into a crowd and a 100 MPH car chase
Like the title says, it was a wild early morning in Lawrence.
The night started as pretty routine, a few noise complaints. One of which included Police being called back a second time after the Police left and the "noisy group" figured out who called them in and then made threats. Apparently the disagreement between the caller and the noisy group on whether or not 12:30 a.m. is a good time to play volleyball or not.
At 2:15 a.m. Police received multiple calls to respond to the 1200 block of Oread Avenue, outside of "The Cave". A few of the callers advised that they heard gunshots in the area, others reported actually being shot at and one or two reported subjects in two vehicles passing by that were shooting at each other. At least ten police units responded on the call. After talking to witnesses, Police believed that a vehicle had driven past and fired a rifle into the crowd. No injuries were reported and there was no word on how many shots were fired from the vehicle. Other witnesses stated that the shooter was on foot when the shots were fired and he then left the area in a vehicle. However, no one reported seeing the suspect well enough to give a description or had any idea what type of vehicle he fled the scene in.
While Officers were on the scene of the shooting call, dispatchers received a call requesting Police and Fire/Medical respond to the area of the Kohls in the 3200 block of Iowa. The caller reported that a subject had fallen out of a truck, struck his head and had stopped breathing. While Police were responding to the scene a second caller advised of a different story, stating that the victim had been struck over the head with a bottle. Police and Fire/Medical arrived to find that the subject was conscious and breathing. It was unclear if anyone was arrested or if drugs and/or alcohol played any role in the accident. The victim's injuries were described as serious and he was transported the LMH by an ambulance.
Just after 3:20 a.m. an Officer spotted a speeding Red SUV with Florida license plates in the 900 block of Main Street. The vehicle failed to yield when the officer attempted to make a traffic stop and the chase was on. The driver made wound his way around town and to the river bridge continuing northbound into Leavenworth County. That wasn't enough to get the Douglas County officer off of his trail. Speeds reached nearly 100 miles per hour. The officer lost sight of the vehicle while eastbound on K-32 highway. One Leavenworth County deputy followed the pursuit for a short time, he never caught up with the Douglas County officer, only keeping the Douglas County officer's vehicle in sight.
After all of that, things settled back down again.
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