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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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Brock Masters 7 years ago

Florida license tags? Must be one of Brownback new hires?

Mike Frizzell 7 years ago

No. The SUV was last seen eastbound on K-32 Highway. Leavenworth County did not get involved in the pursuit other then following at a distance.

Scott Morgan 7 years ago

taking fire repeat taking small arms fire request 2-15 repeat 2-15 Charlie Alpha Victor Echo repeat 2-15 Charlie Alpha Victor Echo fire when ready fire for effect fire at will advise

somebodynew 7 years ago

Yeah, but it is "upscale = $$" Last Call.

vuduchyld 7 years ago

I bet it won't be quite as persecuted.

Kinnat Whelan 7 years ago

I see a confusing, offending, and profane thing right here. I don't mean to get picky, but I see many abbreviated and horribly mean things posted on this website comment community on a daily basis. It's only okay when it's not about you. I get it now.

jecagirl 7 years ago

I would like to know what happened on Minnesota St. There was 5 cops there at one time and an ambulance came. The cops were there for about 3 hours, looking thru the house with flashlights and then a couple came out was looking through everyones yards. They all finally left about midnight!

skinny 7 years ago

If you'd like to know what’s going on in Lawrence you won't read about it in the Lawrence Journal World. You’ll have to get a police scanner and then check the Sheriff's Dept. arrest logs for info. You’re more likely to read about what goes on here in Lawrence in the Topeka Capital or Kansas City paper then the Lawrence Journal World.

BlackVelvet 7 years ago

too bad his name isn't Richard Cranium.........hehhehheh

Katie Dennis 7 years ago

I know this was just basic reporting and it's an odd thing to notice, considering the subject matter, but this was horribly written. It reads like a high school freshman wrote it.

Scott Morgan 7 years ago

Play nice, what do we wish, news are English 366 papers.

Jayhawk1316 7 years ago

All of these Operation 100 articles are written poorly. It undermines the LJ World's attempt to represent professional journalism.

Smarmy_Schoolmarm 7 years ago

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is a blog written by a reader, not a staff member of the Journal World. The poor writing is still irritating but at least we have a possible explanation of why it's so poorly written.

Michael Lindsey 7 years ago

Police believed that a vehicle had drove past and fired a rifle into the crowd.

"Had drove"? gee, I thought it should be "had driven"

Jeremy Lichtenauer 7 years ago

The police chase happened in Eudora, not Lawrence. Which leads me to question the accuracy of anything posted on this blog.

Flap Doodle 7 years ago

"...two vehicles passing by that were shooting at each other..." Automobiles are operating firearms now?

WhiteDog 7 years ago

"Police believed that a vehicle had drove past and fired a rifle into the crowd..."

"Other witnesses stated that the shooter was on foot when the shot were fired..."

"Police seemed to stick with the story of the victim had fallen from a truck. "

"The driver made wound his way around Lawrence..."

Tsk, tsk.

PalinPalms 7 years ago

dunno whacha mean looks good to I

Jayhawk1316 7 years ago

Given you write about events in Douglas County, it would be helpful to specify where the events take place to distinguish which jurisdictions and departments are involved. For example, instead of saying "police" say "Lawrence Kansas Police Department." Also, in your fourth paragraph you jump to an incident on Main Street- which is in Eudora. That's fine except you should mention the change of city since your first three paragraphs deal with incidents in Lawrence, and as stated in your first sentence is what the article should be about; which by the way, is incorrect (in relation to your title) seeing as though the chase didn't occur in Lawrence.

Lastly, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office refers to their "officers" as Deputies, get it right.

Kinnat Whelan 7 years ago

This comment was removed by the site staff for violation of the usage agreement.

Kinnat Whelan 7 years ago

You can delete my comments all you like, I only speak the truth. What is the difference between supporting someone that religiously posts the happenings of this town and being one of these commenters who wrecks anyone who makes a few grammatical errors? Why not delete them for being jerks? Be ashamed, LJWorld.

Jonathan Kealing 7 years ago

We don't allow name calling or use of even typographically obfuscated profanity. Your message is fine, it's the profanity that got it yanked. If you'd like to post without that, you're welcome to.

Jonathan Kealing Assistant Director of Media Strategy

Alceste 7 years ago

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=wp&feedId=2178 is an on line (as in FREE) scanner for Douglas County........

STEREO FEED: RIGHT Channel - Police, Sheriff, KHP *** LEFT Channel - Fire and EMS

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