WICHITA (AP) — Authorities in Wichita now say a homicide victim found on a downtown street on New Year’s Day had not been shot, but bludgeoned to death in a possible gang initiation.
The Wichita Eagle reports that new arrest documents filed by police say a medical examiner found no evidence that 21-year-old Gabriel Campos-Torres has been shot.
Instead, his death was ruled the result of blunt force injuries to the torso.
Police had issued public statements that Campos-Torres had been shot.
But officials say what appeared to be a gunshot wound on the left side of his mouth was a cut that had torn through his cheek.
Three people have been charged in Campos-Torres’ death.