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Posted on: March 7, 2023

Shooting at Sunset Zoo Parking Lot

RCPD squad car on scene at Sunset Zoo

Officers were called to the parking lot of Sunset Zoo in the 2300 block of Oak St. in Manhattan on March 6, 2023, at 5:07 p.m. for the report of a shooting with one gunshot victim.

Update March 13, 2023

We are looking to identify this man who was seen by multiple witnesses running from the area of Sunset Zoo shortly after the shooting on March 6, 2023, and we'd like to speak with him about his possible involvement in the incident.

If you have any information about the identity of this person or the shooting please call us at (785) 537-2112 or Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777.

Attempt to Identify - Sunset Zoo

When officers arrived on scene, they found a 23-year-old Manhattan man with a gunshot wound to the neck. He was transported to Via Christi and later to Stormont Vail in Topeka for further treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.

Further investigation has led us to believe this was an isolated incident between two separate, but associated parties. At this point in time, we are working to identify all individuals involved in the shooting.

Witnesses in the area have told us at least one male suspect ran away from the scene following the shooting heading eastbound. Anyone in the Sunset Zoo area that may have camera footage or witnessed anything suspicious around this time last night can reach out to us at (785) 537-2112 or Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777.

We have no reason to believe there is any threat to the Zoo, Manhattan High School, or the community.

This is an ongoing investigation; we will release additional information when it becomes available.

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