Archive for Monday, August 4, 2008

Baldwin City man remains jailed on aggravated battery charge in connection with neighbor’s shooting

August 4, 2008

Brian L. Pitts, the 35-year-old Baldwin City man charged in an early Saturday morning shooting in Baldwin City, remains in Douglas County Jail charged with aggravated battery. His bond was set at $500,000.

Pitts allegedly shot Daniel Travis Sumner, 32, Baldwin City, in Sumner's home in the 200 block of Elm around 5 a.m. Saturday, said Police Chief Mike McKenna. Sumner was struck in the head by one of the bullets and was taken by helicopter ambulance to a Kansas City-area hospital. McKenna said he was in fair condition when he was loaded into the ambulance.

"He's one lucky man," said McKenna. "The angle of his head and the angle of the bullet were just right or he'd be dead. The bullet hit his head, then tore the scalp off, but kept going. You could say he was grazed. A quarter of an inch different and he'd be a dead man.

"He was conscious at the scene," he said. "I was there when they put him in the ambulance and he was talking."

McKenna said Sumner identified Pitts as the shooter and police arrested him several blocks from the home.

Pitts and Sumner have been neighbors for several months and had become friends, he said. He declined to give any other specifics regarding the shooting.

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