The 17-year-old victim of a shooting Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Park remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon at a Wichita medical facility. “The victim is reported to be in critical, but stable condition,” according to a statement from the Great Bend Police Department.
Two suspects were arrested Sunday and remain in custody at the Barton County Detentions Center.
This was the first of two unreleated shooting incidents that occurred over the weekend.
Police were dispatched to the park at 4714 17th St. Terrace around 11:51 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses said a Dodge four-door passenger car, occupied by two adults and two 17-year-old passengers, was driving through the park when confronted by a blue sport utility vehicle occupied by Ashten Michelle Tracy, 18, and Miguel Alejandro Gonzalez Jr., 20, and a 15-year-old passenger.
As the Dodge was traveling south through the park, the blue SUV pulled over and blocked the roadway near 17th Street Terrace. Witnesses told police the Dodge traveled through the grass along the midway to make an attempt to exit the park onto 17th Street Terrace. However, as the car began to turn onto 17th Street Terrace, Gonzalez reportedly exited the blue SUV that Tracy was driving and fired a single shot into the Dodge passenger car, striking one of the 17-year-old occupants sitting in the back seat.
Gonzalez and Tracy were arrested at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday and booked into the Barton County Detention Center, each in lieu of $250,000 bond. Gonzalez was charged with attempted second-degree murder and Tracy was charged with aiding and abetting attempted second-degree murder, and interference with a law enforcement officer.
This investigation is still on-going. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Great Bend Police Department by calling 620-793-4120, or Crime Stoppers, 620-792-1300.