Oct 15, 2021 4:45 PM

Arrest made in shooting that injured Kan. girl asleep in her bed

Posted Oct 15, 2021 4:45 PM
Purcell photo Sedgwick County
Purcell photo Sedgwick County

SEDGWICK COUNTY—Law enforcement authorities investigating a drive-by shooting at a home in Wichita that injured an 11-year-old girl have made an arrest, according to the Sedgwick County booking report.

On Thursday, police arrested 25-year-old Byron Monroe Purcell on requested charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and weapons, drug and parole violation charges.

Image of the suspect vehicle driving by the home early Tuesday-Wichita Police
Image of the suspect vehicle driving by the home early Tuesday-Wichita Police

He's accused of being the gunman in a shooting that happened early Tuesday in the city's Ken-Mar neighborhood in which bullets hit a house.

A cousin established a <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/f/victim-of-shooting-family-needs-help?member=14541373&amp;sharetype=teams&amp;utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&amp;utm_medium=more&amp;utm_source=customer">GoFundMe page </a>to help the girl's family with medical expenses. She was in the ICU at a Wichita hospital late Wednesday, according to the fundraiser account.
A cousin established a GoFundMe page to help the girl's family with medical expenses. She was in the ICU at a Wichita hospital late Wednesday, according to the fundraiser account.

Police say the 11-year-old girl was in the house and asleep in her bed when she was hit by the gunfire. She was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. Police say four other people in the home at the time of the shooting were not injured.

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