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Three dead after weekend attack in Lawrence

October 02, 2017 - 5:10 am

Lawrence Police are investigating a downtown shooting that left three people dead and wounded two others.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the shooting happened around 1:45 a.m. Sunday in a popular restaurant and bar area downtown not far from police headquarters.

Kelly Schmidt, owner of  the nearby Treasure Chest store, said she was heartbroken.

"It's horrific and it definitely changes the culture and the atmosphere of our small, liberal, sleepy, artistic town," Schmidt.

Interim Police Chief Anthony Brixius says officers heard more the more than 20 gunshots, and responded to find several people wounded within a large crowd.

It wasn't immediately clear what led to the shooting. The victims were identified as 22-year-old Leah Elizabeth Brown of Shawnee, Kansas, 20-year-old Colwin Lynn Henderson and 24-year-old Dupree Dean. Henderson and Dean are from Topeka, Kansas.

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