RCPD: Shots fired in Manhattan High parking lot not connected to school

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - Riley Co. Police Dept. investigators say they have found no evidence the individuals behind the gunfire outside Manhattan High School on Thursday night had anything to do with the school and its parking lot "happened to be a meeting location."

The department's investigation into the reported gunfire is still ongoing and, as of Friday morning, no one has been arrested in connection with the shots.

According to police, officers responded around 6:45 p.m. to reports of gun shots in the area near Westwood and Oak St., in Manhattan. After arriving, they found spent shell casings in the school's parking lot of Oak St.

Investigators say two vehicles had met there and the people in them were interacting before the shots were fired. One of the bullets also struck a nearby home, in the 200 block of Ridge Dr. Both vehicles had taken off before officers arrive.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

A witness gave officers a tag number reportedly from one of the vehicles. A Kansas Highway Patrol spotted that vehicle heading east on I-70 and began chasing it. The Bonner Springs Police Dept. said their officers had joined the pursuit as well. The officers set up tire-deflation devices at two interchanges, bringing the vehicle to a halt.

Four people were taken into custody, and the driver was arrested by the Kansas Highway Patrol for violations stemming from the chase, RCPD added. Its detectives have questioned the other three.

No one has been arrested in connection with the original shots fired at the high school.