When Jeff Knipp heard four or five thuds next door early Saturday morning, he wasn’t alarmed.
He’d heard noises like that before.
“It was usually them working on cars in the driveway or the garage,” Knipp said of his neighbors to the south near Pawnee and 119th Street West in southwest Wichita.
But police knocked on his door about 15 minutes later. One man had been killed and another wounded in a shooting next door.
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The shooting was reported at 12:45 a.m. in the 2200 block of South Parkridge, Officer Charley Davidson said in a prepared statement. That’s northeast of Pawnee and 119th Street West in a housing addition of ponds and winding streets.
Officers were initially sent to the report of a shooting at Pawnee and Cardington, Davidson said, where they found a 31-year-old man in the street with two gunshot wounds in his leg.
He told officers to go to a house on Parkridge, where they saw a 21-year-old man exit the dwelling with a handgun. He was taken into custody without incident.
The officers went inside the house, where they found a 44-year-old man who had been shot more than once. He was later pronounced dead at the scene, Davidson said.
Officers also found a 38-year-old woman, who was not hurt in the incident. The man with leg wounds was taken to a hospital for treatment.
The 21-year-old suspect was arrested and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Records indicate Jeremiah Mork, 21, was booked into the jail shortly before 9:30 a.m. on those alleged crimes, and Davidson confirmed he is the suspect in the shooting.
“It’s really crazy that it’s come to this,” Knipp said as police continued to work the crime scene behind yellow tape that fluttered fiercely in a winter breeze.
Police had become a common sight at that house in recent months.
“That house has been a problem ever since they moved in” about 18 months ago, Knipp said. “People were coming and going from that house at all hours of the night.”
Phil Nickel, who lives down the street from where the shooting occurred, said he heard noises early Saturday morning but couldn’t tell what it was.
“We thought someone was just messing around,” Nickel said as he stood across the street and looked at all the police cars.
Knipp said the shooting “kinda hit home” for him. His youngest daughter sleeps on the south end of the house, closest to where the shooting occurred.
If the shots had been fired from the end of the driveway, “we could have caught stray bullets,” he said.
He has lived in the neighborhood for 14 years.
“It was a great neighborhood until the last year and a half,” he said.
Police Officer Paul Cruz discuses a car theft and clarifies two incidents misreported as shootings on Friday's media briefing. (Video by Wichita Police Department)