Police are searching for a man and woman in connection to the shooting of a loss prevention associate at a Menards store in northwest Wichita, Kansas. Officers were called around 4:30 p.m. Monday to a shooting at Menards. Officer Charley Davidson said the 34-year-old loss prevention associate observed a man and woman exit the store with a home surveillance system for which they didn’t pay. When the couple got outside, the officer tried to stop them and got into a struggle with the woman, police at the scene said. The man then shot the associate in the stomach and the suspects drove off. He was taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released. The idea that something in the store was worth more than a life saddens customer Brandi Butler. “Just to get something from a home improvements store…that they would find it that big of a deal to shoot somebody,” she said.
The suspects were in a newer black Mercedes wagon with a Montana tag “WHOOF.” The man was described as being white and in his 20s, standing 5-foot-10 with a thin build. He was wearing a white baseball-style, three-quarter sleeved shirt with gray sleeves. It had black lettering with a small bear, gray shorts and a black cap. The woman was described as being white and in her 20s, standing about 5-foot-5 and weighing 175 pounds. She was wearing a black sports bra-type top and black shorts. Wichita police are investigating whether a woman who crashed a car in Derby during a high-speed chase on Tuesday was involved in the shooting of the LP associate the day before. Officer Davidson has already confirmed the car that crashed, a black Mercedes, was involved in the incident. The chase ended when the driver lost control, hit two garages and rolled into a yard. A woman in her 20s was hospitalized with critical injuries. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316.267.2111. [Source: KAKE News]