[FORD COUNTY, Kan.]
Dodge City Police Department (DCPD) is investigating a June 7 drive-by shooting believed to be connected to a same-day gang-related assault on a 15-year-old boy.
According to DCPD, on June 8 they learned a large fight had occurred near the Hoover Pavilion around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7.
The fight involved several males who were beating a 15-year-old boy. During the fight the 15-year-old fell to the ground and was punched and kicked several times by the other males.
“Detectives began working the investigation and quickly determined the fight was gang related and were able to identify several suspects and witnesses,” said DCPD in a press release.
Detectives believe the fight led to a retaliatory drive-by shooting in the 1200 block of 12th Avenue later that evening.
During the investigation, DCPD detectives arrested a 15-year-old male for Aggravated Battery and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery on June 9.
Detectives arrested a second 15-year-old male on June 14 after obtaining an arrest warrant for the charges of Aggravated Battery and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery.
Same day, detectives also arrested Michael Cory Cruz, 27, Dodge City after obtaining an arrest warrant for the charges of Aggravated Battery and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Battery. Cruz was booked into the Ford County Jail.
The juveniles were sent to Juvenile Detention.
“The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and we are asking the public for any information they may have on either case,” said DCPD.