Kansas Nightclub Shooting Leaves 9 Injured; Police Capture One of Multiple Suspected Shooters

Kansas Nightclub Shooting Leaves 9 Injured; Police Capture One of Multiple Suspected Shooters
The scene of a shooting at City Nightz nightclub in Wichita, Kan., on July 2, 2023. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle via AP)

A shooting in a Kansas nightclub early Sunday morning left seven people with gunshot wounds and two more people hospitalized after being trampled in a rush for the exits, police said.

Wichita Police Lt. Aaron Moses said investigators believe several shooters opened fire inside the City Nightz club just before 1 a.m. One suspect was in custody as of Sunday morning, Moses said.

Shots were fired from at least four guns inside the club, Moses said. Police have recovered four guns and were working to determine if they were the weapons the shooters used.

No one was killed but one person was critically injured. All the victims were being treated at an area hospital, Moses said.

The gunshot victims included five men between the ages of 21 and 34, a 21-year-old woman and a 24-year-old woman, Moses said. The two people trampled were a 30-year-old woman and a 31-year-old male.

Detective Chris Merceau said during a news conference Sunday morning that police have been called to the nightclub about a dozen times this year for various incidents, including a report of aggravated battery and a drive-by shooting on May 21.

He said police met with the club’s owner after that incident and discussed the importance of using electronic wands to detect weapons on patrons and surveillance cameras. He said investigators will work to determine if any of those recommendations were followed.

A message The Associated Press left on the club’s voicemail Sunday morning wasn’t immediately returned. Police said the club and surrounding area will be shut down for some time while investigators examine the scene.

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