Two people, a man and a woman, were shot Thursday afternoon in an East Topeka neighborhood, Topeka police Lt. Kelvin Johnson said.
Police didn’t identify the wounded people, who were adults. The victims were transported in a private vehicle to an unspecified hospital, then dropped off, Johnson said. Their wounds weren’t considered life-threatening, Johnson said.
The two were “probably” shot in the 600 block of S.E. Lawrence, authorities said. Two police cars were pulled cross-wise on Lawrence to block public access to that portion of the pavement.
The shootings were reported about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
No arrests have been made in the shootings, and police didn’t release any descriptions of anyone being sought in the shootings. Johnson said people at the shooting site hadn’t been cooperative with police in discussing the shootings.
Officers at the scene focused much of their attention on 635 S.E. Lawrence, a one-story frame house, which was tan with black trim and a chain-link fenced yard.
Several officers canvassed residences on S.E. Lawrence to the north and south of the house. At one point, six police cruisers and at least seven officers were in the neighborhood.
Police officer John Bernick knelt down to apparently swab some material from the middle of Lawrence in front of 635 S.E. Lawrence.
The 600 block of S.E. Lawrence was the site of a fatal shooting 16 months ago, according to the CJOnline homicide database.
On May 10, 2016, Javen Fondren, 19, was fatally shot at 8:57 p.m. outside a house at 626 S.E. Lawrence, the database said. That residence is on the east side of S.E. Lawrence and slightly to the north of the shooting site on Thursday.
A witness said he heard 10 gunshots during the Fondren shooting. No arrests have been made in the Fondren slaying.
Fondren was the second of three men to be slain in a five-day period in May 2016, according to Topeka Capital-Journal archives.
A day before Fondren’s death, businessman Curt Cochran, 64, of Topeka, was pronounced dead after he was found that morning in a warehouse at 200 S.W. Jackson.
Cochran, a former teacher, coach and principal in the Seaman school district until he retired in 2000, was a partner in operating Jayhawk Moving and Storage and A&A Truck Rental/3 Men with a Truck.
Two men, Michael Timothy Lamar Hall and Calvin S. Phillips Jr., are charged in the slaying.
The cause of Cochran’s death was “smothering,” Charles Glenn, Shawnee County coroner and forensic pathologist, earlier has testified.
The coroner said the plastic shrink wrap was “very tight” against the victim’s face. Cochran also suffered two cuts to his neck, which caused bleeding, but didn’t strike crucial blood vessels, the coroner said.
On May 15, 2016, Tevon D. Stokes, 34, of Topeka, was fatally shot. Police were summoned to 1812 S.E. Hudson, a news story said. No arrests have been made in that case.
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