Victim killed in west Topeka shooting was recent Shawnee Heights graduate

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) –  The Topeka Police Department is investigating a shooting in West Topeka near 10th and SW Billard Ave. around 12:30 Monday morning.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a male in the 3000 block of SW 10th with life-threatening injuries consistent with having been shot.

The victim was transported to a local hospital by AMR where he later died. He has been identified by police as 18-year-old Justice T. Mitchell.

Shawnee Heights USD 450 Superintendent Martin Stessman tells KSNT News Mitchell was a May 2017 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School.

A separate shooting occurred less than 12 hours earlier in the 700 block of SW Taylor. Arden King, 18, was the victim who died from his injuries at a Topeka hospital. Luqman Keys, 18, of Topeka was arrested and booked into the Shawnee County jail on charges of first degree murder and aggravated robbery.

Topeka Police tell KSNT News the two shootings are not connected and there is no danger to the general public.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Riggin (785) 368-9503, or Crime Stoppers (785) 234-0007.

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