Man charged with attempted murder in connection with Lawrence drive-by shooting

photo by: Kansas Department of Corrections

David Dean Harris, pictured in March 2019

Story updated at 2:52 p.m. Thursday:

A 31-year-old Topeka man has been charged in connection with a 2017 shooting in south-central Lawrence.

David Dean Harris was charged Wednesday in Douglas County District Court with attempted first-degree murder. The charges are connected to a May 28, 2017, incident, court records show.

The Journal-World reported at the time that Lawrence police were seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect in a drive-by shooting that injured an 18-year-old around 2 p.m. that day.

The man was reportedly shot in the back while he was standing outside in the 2400 block of Ousdahl Road. He was taken by ambulance to a regional hospital with injuries that were potentially life-threatening, Sgt. Amy Rhoads of the Lawrence Police Department said via email Thursday. The man was released later the same day, police said at the time.

Harris booked himself into the Douglas County Jail for processing Thursday morning and was released shortly thereafter on a $100,000 own-recognizance bond, jail records indicate. His next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 28.

The Douglas County district attorney’s office is not considering charges against anyone else in the incident, trial assistant Dorothy Kliem said via email Thursday. She said that as conditions of Harris’ bond, he is not to have contact with the victim or any non-law enforcement witnesses, and he is not to return to the 2400 block of Ousdahl Road.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday declined to release Harris’ booking photo to the Journal-World.

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