K-State Student Shot During Home Invasion

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- A Kansas State University student is in fair condition at a Wichita hospital after being shot during an apparent home invasion.

Officials say Chase Cargile, 20, was shot once in the torso during a robbery at his apartment.

Officers were called to the Chase Manhattan Apartments at the corner of Claflin Road and College Avenue around 11:45 Friday night (10/5).

When officers arrived at the scene, they learned that a suspect disguised in a black mask and hoodie had fled the area.

Cargile was transported by Riley County Ambulance to Mercy Hospital where he was stabilized and then transported by Life Flight to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis in Wichita.

On Monday, Lieutenant Josh Kyle, a spokesman for the Riley County Police Department, told members of the media that “all parties involved in this incident, including the suspect, have been identified and contacted” by the department.

He said investigators are still working to “sort out all of the details” on the shooting so the circumstances surrounding the home invasion robbery are not being released.

The case remains under investigation. As of Monday morning, an arrest had not yet been made.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Detective Sonia Gregoire at 785-537-2112 x. 3109 or Crimestoppers at 785-539-7777.

According to Kansas State University’s website, Chase Cargile, the victim, is a sophomore studying journalism and mass communications. The site lists a permanent address in Sedgwick, Kansas for Cargile.

Captain Jeff Hooper, who oversees the Riley County Police Department's Investigations Division, tells WIBW that a person of interest has been identified in the case. When asked about reports that Cargile had been shot twice by the masked intruder, Hooper said investigators believe he was shot once. Multiple wounds could be the result of entry and exit wounds from the gunshot.

According to Hooper, there were "multiple people" inside the apartment with Cargile at the time of the home invasion and there was a physical altercation or struggle of some sort with the suspect, leaving several others with minor injuries. Hooper, however, declined to reveal how the robbery and shooting played out inside the apartment. He also declined to say if anything was taken during the incident or why that specific apartment was targeted in the complex. He says besides the person of interest, it's possible additional suspects could have been involved in the crime.

Hooper does not believe the home invasion at the Chase Manhattan Apartments is related to an incident at the Jardine Apartments, located on Hillcrest Drive on K-State's campus, which occurred back in February when three men stormed into a unit and robbed several victims at gunpoint.

Three men dressed in black wearing ski masks forced their way into an apartment in the building, according to police. It was reported that at least two of men were armed with handguns- one of which was used to strike one of the victims. Police said there were four victims in the apartment at the time of the home invasion. According to officials, there was a knock on the apartment door and when one of the victims went to open it, the armed suspects burst in and robbed them. None of the victims were seriously injured. Captain Don Stubbings tells WIBW the armed robbery is still under investigation.