Police arrested one person and took three others into custody after there were shots fired near Manhattan High School West Campus Thursday evening.
The Kansas Highway Patrol arrested Francisco Valdez-Garibay, 20, Kansas City, Kansas, on a charge of fleeing and eluding law enforcement after he led officers on a chase on Interstate 70.
KHP said there will likely be additional charges against Valdez-Garibay. He is confined at the Leavenworth County Jail without bond.
The Riley County Police Department responded to a report of multiple shots fired near Westwood Road and Oak Street, south of MHS, at 6:45 p.m.
According to RCPD, two vehicles met in the school’s south parking lot, and the people in the vehicles spoke for a while before firing shots, striking a house in the 200 block of Ridge Drive. No one was injured. Both vehicles then left the area.
Michele Jones, school district director of communications, said while there were activities going on at the school, such as play rehearsal and volleyball practice, the incident did not affect students as it took place in the back of the parking lot.
A witness provided a tag number for one of the vehicles, and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers later found it heading east on I-70 near Bonner Springs. With the help of the Bonner Springs Police Department, officers chased the vehicle and stopped it after deploying tire deflation devices at I-70 and Kansas Highway 7, as well as at I-70 and 118th Street.
According to BSPD, the vehicle went off the road into a ditch west of 110th Street. Officers took four people into custody, including Valdez-Garibay as the driver, without further incident and did not report any injuries.
RCPD detectives also interviewed the other occupants, who were later released.
Police said there is no indication the people involved are affiliated with MHS, and the parking lot happened to be a meeting location.
RCPD said the investigation is ongoing, and it is following leads to find the second vehicle and its occupants.