TOPEKA (KSNT) – Saturday evening, the Topeka Police Department released a statement with regard to the recent shootings in the city of Topeka. They said that they “do believe that narcotics and/or gangs are involved in these and believe individuals are attempting to retaliate against one another.”
The full text of their statement is below:
The Topeka Police Department has seen an increase in violent crime in the Hi-Crest area since the beginning of July. The homicide that occurred earlier today was the second homicide in this area since July 6th. We do not believe this recent increase in violence is random and some of the incidents are related.
In between these two homicides we had five other incidents in the neighborhood that involved shots being fired from various vehicles. On two of those incidents the police department made arrests for the individuals responsible. We continue to investigate three other incidents, two of which had victims that received non-life threatening injuries.
Since 9:15 pm last night we have had three of the seven events occur. The Police Department does not believe these shootings to be random. We do believe that narcotics and/or gangs are involved in these and believe individuals are attempting to retaliate against one another. The recent report of gunshots being fired in the 200 Blk of SW 21st is believed to be related to the homicide that occurred earlier today on SE Humboldt.
The police department has devoted manpower from all bureaus of the department and called in extra officers that were off duty. In addition we have called our local and federal partners for assistance to include the FBI, DEA, ATF, Marshalls Office, Shawnee Sheriff’s Office and the Highway Patrol.
This is an extremely fluid investigation and we will release more information as it becomes available.
Anyone with knowledge of these incidents is asked to call the Topeka Police Department at 785-368-9200, or Crime Stoppers at 234-0007, or you can report on-line at http://www.topekacrimestoppers.org