A Wichita man is in custody on an allegation of first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a Garden City man late Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of Dillons East.
Garden City police issued a statement Sunday afternoon identifying the victim as Jeremy Pascascio, 32, Garden City. Police identified the man in custody as Loren Wiseman, 21, Wichita.
According to police, officers responded to Dillons East, 1305 E. Kansas Ave., at about 5:10 p.m. Saturday and found Pascascio laying in the parking lot with apparent gunshot wounds to his upper body. Pascascio was transported to St. Catherine Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead.
Police say that Wiseman and an adult woman had driven to the parking lot at Dillons East, where Pascascio approached the car and a verbal confrontation ensued. At some point during the confrontation, according to police, Wiseman shot Pascascio with a handgun.
Police received information that Wiseman had driven to the nearby Garden City Family YMCA, 1224 Center St. Officers arrested Wiseman without incident at the YMCA at about 5:20 p.m.
Wiseman is in custody at the Finney County Jail.
According to police, it is unclear at this time whether Pascascio and Wiseman knew each other.
Frank Unger, a Garden City resident, had just finished grocery shopping at Dillons East, when a store employee said that there had been a shooting in the parking lot.
“When I got out in the parking lot, there was a Hispanic gentleman laying on the ground, blood around his head,” Unger said.
Unger said that the man was lying in the second row of parking stalls in between Dillons East and Garnand Fine Furniture. He said he saw at least three shell casings laying nearby.
He said that it was shocking to come out of the store to a scene like that.
“I’ve been going into Dillons for over 30 years, and to see the shock and the horror of people coming out and realizing what happened, it’s something you just — nothing like this has ever happened at Dillons,” Unger said. “So it puts in the back of your mind — it takes away a little bit of your security.”
Kimberly Nading also was shopping at Dillons East when the shooting occurred. She heard about the shooting as she was walking out the door. Upon hearing the news, she said she was shocked and confused.
“Simply because there was no warning. There wasn’t any indication that something had happened,” Nading said.
Police are continuing to ask anyone with information about the incident to contact them at (620) 276-1300. For those wishing to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (620) 275-7807, or text GCTIP and tip information to 847411 (tip411).