Parsons shooting victim hospitalized

Believed to be targeted assault, not random crime
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PARSONS, Kan. – A shooting victim is hospitalized after a bullet goes through a window, hitting him in the chest.

On Wednesday evening, May 5, 2021, someone called Parsons police about a gunshot at 8:47 p.m. Officers responded to the 2300 block of Crawford Street and found a 23-year-old man who had been shot once in the chest.

They found the victim in the east-west alley between Washington and Crawford streets. Police administered first aid and called for EMS. First responders took the victim to Labette Health and later to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri.

According to police, the suspect(s) fired into the home and then fled the scene. At least one round went through a window of the home and hit the victim. The victim, who was standing inside, ran out after being shot. He then collapsed in the alley.

Officers and detectives canvased the neighborhood around 23rd and Crawford. They interviewed potential witnesses and processed the scene for forensic evidence.

According to the Parsons Police Department, the shooting shows signs that this was a targeted assault and not a random crime of violence. Detectives continue looking for potential persons of interest today.

“At this point the investigation is centering on confirming stories and eliminating individuals as we confirm alibies,” said Detective Lieutenant Sherri McGuire. “Like most shootings in Parsons, victims and suspects usually know each other and there is some triggering event that leads to violence.”

Deputy Chief Dennis Dodd said, “Much of the supposition and rumors on social media are as usual incorrect. We have to deal with facts. Suspicion and rumor are not probable cause for arrest.”

If you have any information to help police in their investigations, call the Parsons Police Department at 421-7060 or call the Tip Line at 421-7057 or email at