Topeka West High School Shooting Update

By: Stephanie Ramos-Tomeoni Email
By: Stephanie Ramos-Tomeoni Email

Topeka, Kan. (WIBW)_ Topeka police say three people have been arrested following a fatal shooting at Topeka West High School. Police say the homicide is not connected to any school activities or functions.

Topeka West is located at 2001 S.W. Fairlawn Road.

Police say the shooting happened around 10:30 Saturday night.

Police say they were called there to respond to gunshots fired.

When police arrived, they found a body near the west side of the school complex.

Police identified the victim as 20-year-old Mathew Mitchell of Topeka.

While on the scene, police were notified a juvenile was taken to Stormont Vail, with multiple gunshot wounds. He is expected to recover.

Detectives and District Attorney Chad Taylor were called to the scene and spoke to witnesses.

As a result, three have been taken into custody and booked into the Shawnee County Jail.

19-year-old Austin Craig Tabor and 21-year-old Coty Rylan Newman were booked into the Department of Corrections on first degree murder and attempted first degree murder.

21-year-old Samantha Lindsay Hochard was booked for first degree murder, attempted first degree murder, and four felony arrest warrants.

Police say residents at a home on the 3100 block of SW Central Park are connected to the shooting. Police served a search warrant there Sunday morning and took a suspect into custody. A person was also questioned and released.

The first appearance of the two defendants and the woman tied to the case was held Monday morning.

Newman and Tabor each are facing possible charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and attempted sale of marijuana in a school zone.

Hochard is possibly facing charges of felony murder, conspiracy to sell marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school zone.

Police are asking anyone who knows about the shooting to call CrimeStoppers at 785-234-0007.


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