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Convicted Topeka murderer Chris Pattillo testifies in co-defendant’s murder trial, denies knowing victim would be shot in drive-by (Topeka, KS): Convicted Topeka murderer Christopher Pattillo told jurors Tuesday during a co-defendant’s murder trial he had no idea gunshots were going to be fired from the vehicle he was driving or why the victim would be shot in 2016 in a southeast Topeka neighborhood.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: September 12, 2017

Feud between gang members led to bystander killing, affidavit says (Wichita, KS): A feud between two gang members culminated in a parking lot shootout that left a 25-year-old bystander dead in June, according to an police affidavit released Tuesday by Sedgwick County District Court.
Source: The Wichita Eagle    Date: August 9, 2017

Christopher Pattillo, 18, convicted of first-degree murder in Topeka drive-by killing (Topeka, KS): Christopher Shawn Pattillo lowered his head, shaking it from side to side, after jurors convicted him Monday of felony first-degree murder in the drive-by Topeka shooting death of a 20-year-old man in 2016.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: July 17, 2017

Topeka police gang expert: Disrespect may have fueled fatal drive-by shooting (Topeka, KS): A public act of disrespect to Christopher Shawn Pattillo, a gang member, by the member of a rival gang could motivate the shooting death a day later of Brian Wade Miller, 20, a Topeka police expert on street gangs testified Thursday.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: July 13, 2017

Witness in Topeka murder trial: Gunman fired 16 shots, two passing through apartment occupied by boy, 7 (Topeka, KS): Jurors saw photographs of a string of shell casings lying in a southeast Topeka street that marked the 14-shot barrage a gunman unleashed as he rode in a slow-moving van, mortally wounding a 20-year-old man.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: July 12, 2017

Friend of slain teen calls for an end to gang violence in Topeka (Topeka, KS): Family and Friends gathered to celebrate the life of a Topeka teen who was killed last week. Eighteen year old Arden King was the 15th of 16 homicides this year in Topeka. His best friend says that's too many, and we should be talking about it.
Source: WIBW 13 News    Date: July 2, 2017

Police mail letters to guardians of kids on Wichita’s gang list (Wichita, KS): Earlier this year at a community meeting that in part addressed the Wichita Police Department’s documented gang member database, a woman asked Lt. Jeff Gilmore whether parents and guardians were being told that their kids had made the list.
Source: The Wichita Eagle    Date: June 29, 2017

Lawrence violent crime rate up in 2016; role of marijuana sales questioned in increase (Lawrence, KS): Lawrence Police Capt. Anthony Brixius concedes the city’s latest crime statistics for 2016 don’t reflect the image many residents may have of their community. “I don’t think we are a sleepy college town,” Brixius said.
Source: Lawrence Journal-World    Date: June 19, 2017

One person killed in gang-related shooting, police say (Wichita, KS): Police were investigating a fatal shooting Saturday night in a strip mall parking lot at 13th and Vesta, between Oliver and Hillside.
Source: The Wichita Eagle    Date: June 17, 2017

Don’t want youths joining gangs? Give them hope and opportunity, civic leaders say (Wichita, KS): When Beni Santibanez hears about the latest drive-by shooting or clashes between gangs, he shakes his head. That used to be him. “We were the one causing all the wreckage in the ’90s,” Santibanez said. Gangs arrived in Wichita in force then, sending homicide numbers soaring to unseen heights. Drive-by shootings became a nightly occurrence.
Source: The Wichita Eagle    Date: May 30, 2017

Gang members urinating on rival’s grave may have spurred slaying (Topeka, KS): Street gang members urinating on the grave of a rival gang member may have triggered a retaliatory shooting that killed a 20-year-old man in April 2016, a Topeka police detective testified Monday.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: May 15, 2017

Community activists, WPD team up to keep youth from gangs (Wichita, KS): Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said his department is seeing a rise in gang activity, and with summer right around the corner, the chief called a meeting with several community action programs.
Source: KSN 3 News    Date: May 10, 2017

Ex-gang members work with law enforcement to evoke change (Wichita, KS): Concerns about recent gang violence have prompted a local group to hit the streets. Hope for the Hood Ministries is a group of community members, some of which are ex-gang members, that are now working with the police to improve their neighborhoods.
Source: KSN 3 News    Date: April 18, 2017

After Fatal Shooting, Kansas City No Violence Alliance Rounds Up Gang Members (Jackson County, KS): A group enforcement by the Kansas City No Violence Alliance over the last several months led to nine felony charges, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday.
Source: KCUR 89.3    Date: March 30, 2017

Topeka police expert on gangs: Gang violence factored into 2016 drive-by slaying (Topeka, KS): Two men charged with a drive-by shooting death were gang members, as was the victim, a Topeka police expert on local gangs testified on Friday.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: January 6, 2017

KCPD says anti-violence initiative is helping reduce gang-related crime (Kansas City, KS): While Kansas City continues to mourn for the increasing number of people murdered in 2016, KCPD says in a report posted December 23 that its anti-violence initiative did some good work.
Source: KSHB 41 News    Date: December 29, 2016

Suspect arrested in shooting that left four dead (Jackson County, KS): A 23-year-old alleged gang member is scheduled to go on trial Monday for murder, accused in a 2014 fatal shooting in Kansas City.
Source: The Kansas City Star    Date: December 8, 2016

Murder sentence upheld in Wichita restaurant gang shootout (Wichita, KS): The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the life sentence of a gang member convicted of murder and 11 other crimes connected to a shootout at a Wichita restaurant.
Source: The Wichita Eagle    Date: November 23, 2016

WPD: 3 recent shootings in Old Town could be gang-related (Wichita, KS): Wichita police say three of the last five shootings in Old Town, dating back to 2012, were gang-related. All three of those cases happened this year, the most recent of which was Sunday. Is gang violence getting worse in Wichita?
Source: KWCH 12 News    Date: October 31, 2016

Kansas officials use this week to keep kids from joining gangs (Topeka, KS): Officials in Kansas are hoping to fight back against gangs. “Parents, educators, young people and community members all play in a role in preventing youth from joining gangs and reporting gang activity to law enforcement,” said Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
Source: WIBW 13 News    Date: October 10, 2016

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