Shooting turns to murder as victim dies
Alvin M. Sanchez, a 27-year-old Olathe man, died at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday as a result of gun shot wounds to the head from a 2:15 a.m. shooting in Baldwin City , Police Chief Mike McKenna said. A suspect was captured at 11 a.m. Saturday in Oklahoma and now faces murder charges.
The shooting occurred early Saturday morning at 109 Hillside. The Olathe man was shot in the head, allegedly by a 25-year-old Gardner man, said McKenna, who declined to identify the suspect.
"Yeah, we've got a murder," said McKenna at 6 p.m. "I was 95 percent sure that's what we were going to have. We have a suspect in custody in Oklahoma."
He said he was confident that the man in custody was the shooter.
"Yeah, I'm sure," McKenna said.
The victim died at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he had been taken by air ambulance. He had been attending a birthday party at the Baldwin home. An argument over the victim's wife turned violent between family members, he said.
"The father of one of the boys lives in the home," said McKenna. "It's all family related."
It initially appeared that the fight between the two was over, but the shooter went outside, got a handgun, returned and shot the victim in the head and torso, he said.
The chief and County Attorney Charles Branson were at the scene of the shooting Saturday around 3:30 p.m. They discussed charges and about going to Oklahoma to pick up the suspect. Branson has said he will seek first-degree murder charges. Following the shooting, the suspect fled on foot, prompting a search for the 5-foot-6 Hispanic male. He was arrested by Oklahoma State Troopers at an undisclosed location.
The crime scene was taped off Saturday and members of the Johnson County Crime Investigation squad were piecing through the evidence. McKenna said he wanted the Johnson County unit because he expected that the shooting would be a murder.
"That's why I requested the Johnson County Crime Investigation squad to come," he said. "I wanted the crime scene diagrammed."
The Signal will update the story online as additional information becomes available. A complete story will be in this week's issue of the Signal.