Man Shot During Home Invasion In North Wichita

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)— A man is hospitalized after being shot during an apparent home invasion in north Wichita.

Emergency crews were called to the 2400 block of North Shelton just before 9:30 a.m. Monday. Police say that's when a man and woman broke into the back sliding glass door of the home, and confronted a 19-year-old man inside. The 19-year-old was then shot multiple times in the abdomen.

When a woman who also lives at the home walked in, the two suspects ran out the back door. Paramedics rushed the victim to an area hospital in serious condition.

Officers have not released a description, but said the suspects left in a white van.

Police believe the shooting is gang-related, and said the victim is not being cooperative with investigators.

Neighbors say that the neighborhood sees break-ins from time to time, but shootings are a rare occurrence.

"I'm surprised and kind of worried, it's across the street," said Venus Hekekia. "I have lived here almost 20 years and we have never had this problem."

Friends and family were at the home later in the afternoon. They said the victim is going to be okay. They also said the woman in the home during the break-in is his girlfriend, and is just days away from giving birth to another child. She and their one-year-old daughter were not injured.