WICHITA, Kan. - Police arrested two people Wednesday accused of injuring a 4-year-old boy while shooting at an SUV filled with children during a road rage incident in Wichita, according to officials.
Authorities responded to a report of shots fired just before 5 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of 10th and Topeka. The Wichita Eagle reported that the 911 caller told authorities they found the injured boy behind a McDonald’s restaurant.
Responding officers found a blue Chevrolet Tahoe that had been hit by two bullets, according to police. At the time of the shooting, the SUV had three adults inside between the ages of 23 and 26, along with six children under the age of 10, police said.
One of the children was the injured 4-year-old, who was shot in the side, officials said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was last listed in stable condition.
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Investigators determined that the shooting was the result of a road rage incident involving the Tahoe and a Ford Mustang. Police said the incident started near 29th and Broadway. At 13th and Broadway, “There was some type of cutting-off that turned this into a road rage incident,” police Chief Gordon Ramsay told the Eagle.
It was not immediately clear which vehicle cut off the other.
At the 1200 block of N. Topeka, police said a man got out of the Mustang and fired a pair of shots at the Tahoe before the vehicle drove away from the area.
Officer said they found the Mustang in the area. Inside were Ramonyka Smith and Travon Coleman, both 21. At a home in the 1100 block of North Hydraulic Avenue, authorities found Tylin Atkinson, 19, identified as the person suspected of firing the shots at the Tahoe.
#BREAKING UPDATE: Wichita police arrest 19-year-old Tylin Atkinson and 21-year-old Ramonyka Smith in connection with a road-rage shooting that left a 4-year-old boy critically hurt. https://t.co/xeQRjCUNez #kwch12 pic.twitter.com/Swt7yCJ6y1— KWCH Eyewitness News (@KWCH12) October 18, 2018
Smith and Atkinson were arrested on charges of aggravated battery and unlawful discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle, police said. Officials arrested Coleman for outstanding warrants, though he was not immediately charged in connection to the shooting.
Authorities continue to investigate.
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