Lawrence police arrest 2 Topeka boys in shooting of teens at Holcom Park

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Lawrence police investigate at the scene of a double shooting on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Holcom Park, in the parking lot at 26th Street and Lawrence Avenue.

Lawrence police have arrested two 17-year-old Topeka boys in connection with a double shooting Friday at Lawrence’s Holcom Park.

Police booked Benson J. Edwards Jr. and Sahavione K. Caraway into the Juvenile Detention Center on aggravated robbery charges, according to a press release Saturday morning.

The two teenage male victims in Friday’s shooting, who have not been identified by police, remain hospitalized.

An 18-year-old victim remains in critical condition but is stable, police said. The 16-year-old victim is in stable condition and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

The shooting was reported just before 4 p.m. Friday near the park’s Lawrence Avenue entrance, just north of 27th Street.

Within an hour of the shooting, two males described as persons of interest had been detained for questioning, a Lawrence police department spokesperson said Friday. Police said witnesses at the scene gave officers a “distinctive” vehicle description and that law enforcement stopped a vehicle matching that description on Interstate 70 outside of town. The two people inside were then taken into custody.

Lawrence police ask anyone with information to call the department at 785-832-7509 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County at 785-843-TIPS.

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