WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Following the shooting that claimed the life of 14-year-old Trenjvious Hutton at Towne East Square Mall on Friday, March 18, the Wichita Police Department (WPD) has received numerous messages regarding their response to the situation.
WPD said it received dozens of messages regarding the response to the shooting. They released them in a series of tweets. The names of the people were not attached to the Twitter feed.
Some of the messages came from people who were in or around the mall at the time of the shooting, while others came from those following the situation via social media.
- “Hi, my family and I were recently at Towne East Mall when the shooting started and ended in one death. Although we did not witness the crime, we were close to where the shooting occurred. occurred.
- “We quickly followed the crowd out of the mall and called 911 and then left. My reason for writing is to say that we were/are extremely impressed with how quickly the Wichita Police Department arrived at the mall. It was like in minutes.
- “I’m sure once the call comes in for an active shooter there is a protocol/procedure that comes into play. Great job everyone and thank you for doing such a good job of securing the scene quickly and catch the criminals.”
- “We all live out of town, and although we were quite shaken by what happened, I wanted to express my gratitude for a job well done. Thank you.”
- “Hello, I wanted to contact you after Friday’s incident in the mall. The officers who responded, I wanted to say, thank you. After I was relieved of my duties, one of your officers took my statement and stayed with me.
- “He even walked with me while I collected my wife’s car keys and checked her. I don’t remember the name of the officer but would greatly appreciate it if he could be thanked on my behalf.
- “I was stuck in traffic at Longhorn for 20 minutes, due to the police on the Town East. I had no idea what was going on, but I thought an officer had been shot. There must have been over 100 police cars passing me during that time.
- “The expression on their faces and their determination to protect was humbling. I was never more proud to be a Wichitan than seeing you work last night. Thank you for all you do.”
- “I want to thank you all. I’m too old now to join a force. A dream that I never realized. But I admire you all and I pray every day for you and your families. God bless each one of you.
Wichita police have arrested a minor in connection with the shooting, although charges are still pending as a judge will need to determine whether the suspect will be charged as an adult.