1 Arrested In Deadly Gang-Related Shooting

By: KAKE
By: KAKE
The shooting happened in the 900 block of South Cypress early Saturday morning. Police say a 16-year-old was hosting a party while his parents were out of town, and that plenty of alcohol was being served.

Ruben Higadera, Wichita Pd. mugshot

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -- Police have been one arrest, but continue to search for another suspect in a fatal shooting over the weekend.

The shooting happened in the 900 block of South Cypress early Saturday morning. Police say a 16-year-old was hosting a party while his parents were out of town, and that plenty of alcohol was being served.

Officers say that two gangs crashed the party. Shots later rang out, leaving one man dead and a teen seriously hurt.

The man who was killed has been identified as 20-year-old Juan Orona, who was found in his car parked in the street. Police say he's a documented gang member.

A 17-year-old was shot in the chest, but is expected to recover.

Officers have since arrested a 19-year-old for felony murder. They're still looking for others, including 19-year-old Ruben Higadera who is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wichita Police Department.

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The search is on for a man police say may be connected to a deadly shooting Saturday morning near Lincoln and Webb.

Police say Ruben Higadera, 19, is wanted for questioning after the shooting that left a 20-year old man dead and sent a 17-year old man to the hospital in critical condition. According to records, Higadera has a felony warrant for a probation violation through Sedgwick County for aggravated robbery. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Wichita Police officers say they got a call of a shooting around 3 a.m. in the 900 block of S. Cypress.

Neighbors tell KAKE News there was a large house party there. They heard at least 10 to 12 shots as a gunfight spilled into the street.

"It sounded like popping noises and then a big bang," Tyler Kasney said. "Me and my wife didn't know what it was at first but I had a gut feeling something was wrong."

When officers arrived on scene, they say they found chaos.

"They found a bunch of people running and vehicles leaving," Sgt. Kevin Kochenderfer said.

Police say they found a man inside a car with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Sgt. Ron Hunt said.

A 17-year-old was found inside the home. He had been shot in the chest and was rushed to a hospital in critical condition. Police did not provide an update Saturday on his condition.

Higadera is 5’6” with a medium build and weighs about 150 pounds.

Police asking if that if people see Higadera’s to not approach him but rather call 911 immediately.

KAKE News is tracking this story and will provide updates as they become available.


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