Three players for Emporia State’s football team were involved in a shooting in the 500 block of Wiltshire Lane some time around 3 a.m. Saturday morning. A second altercation broke out at Newman Regional Health.
Joshua R. Taylor, 21, was shot once in the back of the shoulder as he drove an SUV with four other individuals away from the first fight. He was taken to Newman Regional Health and was later airlifted to a Wichita hospital. He has since been released.
Taylor is a safety for ESU’s football team. Also in the SUV were Jordan Sanders, 22-year-old linebacker, and Vincent Davis Jr., 24-year-old wide receiver. Gary Fortune, 20, was a mid-season transfer, and Broderick Turner, 24, is not a part of the team.
Police Chief Gary Smith says the five have all been identified as possible assault victims, but none have been charged in connection with either altercation.
The athletic department has not yet commented on whether there will be any disciplinary action taken as they are waiting for more details of the incident.
But Smith told KVOE today that this appears to be “a result of ongoing antagonistic behavior” between all involved instead of a random incident. According to KVOE, Smith said the investigation was slowed initially because some witnesses were allegedly threatened and that cooperation has been hard to come.
Smith also said that a one person apparently had a foot “run over,” and the victim refused treatment and left the scene. A bloody knife was also found. Investigators are working to identify who the alleged victim might have been, as they also left the scene.
Anyone with information regarding this incident may call the Emporia Police Department at 343-4200 or Crime Stoppers at 342-2273.