Man arrested in connection to drive-by shooting that injured 11-year-old girl in Kansas

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Oct. 16 2021, Published 9:28 a.m. ET

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A 25-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured an 11-year-old girl in Kansas.

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Around 12:30 a.m. Oct. 12, officers responded to a shooting in the 1400 block of North Harding in Wichita, Kansas, KAKE reported.

Inside of the home, a girl, 11, was lying in bed and she was shot. The victim was taken to the hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, according to KAKE.

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The victim underwent surgery and was in the hospital at the end of the week, KSN reported.

“She is in a bed and in a lot of pain,” the victim’s mother told KSN. “It takes her about 45 minutes to get out of bed just to go to the bathroom.

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Four other people were in the home, but none of them were hurt, KAKE reported.

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Police said earlier this week that the shooting was not a random incident, according to KAKE.

Bryon Monroe Purcell, 25, was booked into jail on Oct. 14 for four counts of aggravated assault, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, criminal discharge of a firearm, criminal possession of a firearm by a felon, criminal distribution of a firearm to a felon, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia and a parole violation, KAKE reported.

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Purcell’s arrest came the day after the Wichita Police department offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, according to KAKE.

It’s unclear how police determined Purcell was a suspect, KAKE reported.

The girl’s family created a GoFundMe to cover her medical expenses.


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