Motorcycle club member dies in drive-by shooting

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man was shot and killed early Sunday morning after being hit by gunfire in what police are calling a drive-by shooting.

Capt. Jeff Hooper identified the victim as Frederick Charles Beverly, 21, 1625 Denholm Dr., and said the department received reports of shots fired at 1827 Fair Lane at approximately 4 a.m on New Year’s day.

Upon arrival, officers found that Beverly had been shot, but Lt. Josh Kyle said the driver’s specific target is currently unknown. He said several vehicles in the area were damaged by gunfire.

Beverly was transported to Mercy Regional Health Center where, Hooper said, doctors pronounced him dead. 

Kyle said that 1827 Fair Lane is the clubhouse for the motorcycle group “Assassin Street Rydaz,” of which Beverly was a member. They were reported to be having a party at the time of the shooting.

Kyle said that preliminary information indicates that there was only one shooter in the incident and that detectives are interested in any information about a blue, newer model Chevrolet, possibly an Impala, with 22-inch Chrome rims. He said one of the front quarter panels has the number 22 written on the side and the vehicle was described as having dark tinted windows with chrome around the windows edges.

Police are asking that anyone who saw a vehicle matching this description to contact Det. Ryan Runyan at 785-537-2112, ext. 2465, or the Riley County Police Department’s main number at 785-537-2112. Anonymous tips can be left with the Manhattan/Riley County Crime Stoppers at 785-539-7777 or toll-free at 1-800-222-8477, or you can visit for other options.

A memorial for Beverly has been erected at the scene of the crime.

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