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Seward woman dead after double shooting
Authorities continue investigation into Seward incident
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Law enforcement vehicles and officers surround a house in Seward Tuesday afternoon that was the site of a double shooting Tuesday morning. - photo by Dale Hogg

SEWARD — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting death that occurred Tuesday morning in Seward, the KBI reported Tuesday afternoon.

According to KBI Communications Director Melissa Underwood in Topeka, at approximately 9:49 a.m. on Tuesday, the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a shooting that occurred. Upon arriving at 519 Seward Ave. in the city of Seward, authorities discovered a female with gunshot wounds who was pronounced dead, and a male with a non-life threatening gunshot wound. The two were acquaintances of one another.

Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the injured man to an area hospital. His name is not being released at this time. 

The deceased female was identified as 35-year-old Adrianne C. Martin, of Seward.

There is no indication of any threat to the public as a result of this incident. An autopsy will be conducted. 

The SCSO requested KBI assistance at approximately 9:55 a.m. Tuesday, and special agents and the Crime Scene Response Team responded. 

The crime scene was a white ranch-style house at the corner of Seward and Sixth, and all streets leading to the location were closed with barricades. Tuesday afternoon, it was surrounded with yellow crime scene tape and a host of law enforcement vehicles.

At the site were the KBI mobile crime unit, the SCSO mobile command unit, SCSO patrol cars and others. Officers and investigators moved about the yard.

About two blocks from the site of the shooting was another house at the corner of Lincoln and Seventh that was also surrounded with crime scene tape. An SCSO  deputy at the scene said it was a possible second crime scene and authorities had cordoned it off just to be safe.

The scene of the shooting sits in the northwest corner of this small Stafford County community about 20 miles south west of Great Bend. It is just a block away from the Seward City Hall and Fire Department. 

Underwood advised that the investigation is ongoing and no further information would be released Tuesday.

Updated at 5:19 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28.