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Teenage man shot in drug deal gone bad

Drug related crimes and violent crimes far too often go hand in hand, and the victims are not always those directly involved, unfortunately. A Wichita teen painfully learned this lesson the hard way recently when he was injured while in the vicinity of a drug deal that went sideways.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, around 6 p.m., the young man was waiting on a friend who was inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the Dollar General near Pawnee and Hydraulic. Suddenly, his friend jumped out of the vehicle and began running away from it, when someone inside opened fire. According to other witnesses, two individuals were firing at each other. While it is unclear exactly how the events occurred, the young man who was waiting outside the vehicle was subsequently struck in the leg by a bullet.

The victim went to a local hospital to have his wounds treated and was shortly contacted by the police. The police took the victim's statement and went to search the scene of the crime, reporting that they did not find any suspects in the area, but were able to identify several shell casings.

At this point, police are still searching for the suspects, and the young man who was shot is not facing any charges. Drug activity and violent crimes are sadly quite common, but that doesn't mean that they should be taken lightly. While it is fortunate that the young man who was injured was merely struck in his leg, the same bullet could have easily taken his life.

Still, those who are charged with crimes, whether drug crimes, violent crimes or other varieties of charges, deserve to receive assistance with their criminal defense. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, you deserve the same excellent representation that anyone else deserves. The representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney can ensure that your rights remain protected and that your case is heard fairly.

Source: 101.3 KFDI, "Teen shot in south Wichita," Oct. 12, 2016

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