TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Police have identified the teen killed in a Thursday night shooting as Emmanuel I. Torres, 16, of Topeka.
A spokeswoman for the Topeka Police Department wouldn’t say if the shooting was random or targeted. When KSNT News asked if the shooting was part of any potential drug or gang incident, Topeka police said those details are part of the ongoing investigation.
Officers originally went to a reported shooting around 7:22 p.m. Thursday near Southeast Chandler Street and Southeast 6th Avenue. They found Torres hit by a bullet at the scene.
In a 2:43 a.m. update, TPD said medical crews pronounced the teen dead after they took him to a local hospital. The TPD Homicide Unit is now looking into all leads and evidence it can.
The shooting that killed the Topeka teen took place less than two miles from a Feb. 2 drive-by shooting into a house that struck a 15-month-old baby.
Police found around two dozen bullet casings in the street after that shooting.
The Thursday night shooting also happened a day after police in Leavenworth said a shooting killed a 12-year-old child, who was an innocent bystander. They have since arrested a 25-year-old and 17-year-old in that incident.
TPD asks anyone with information about Thursday’s deadly shooting to call 785-368-9400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.