An unnamed man was reportedly kicked out of a club in Kansas but he returned back and shot and killed one, identified as Preston Spencer, and injured five others when he opened fire early on Tuesday, according to police.
Wichita police say they are searching for a 23-year-old man suspected in a mass shooting at a club in the city’s Old Town district. Wichita Police said the suspect got into a fight, which they described as an ‘unknown disturbance’, inside the Enigma Club & Lounge in downtown Wichita, and was subsequently kicked out.
Captain Jason Stephens identified the suspect as Keshawn Dawson.
He’s also wanted on two felony Sedgwick County warrants.
Who was Preston Spencer?
Preston Spencer has been named as the father from Wichita who was allegedly shot dead by a gunman following a shooting early Tuesday in Old Town Wichita. The accident happened after the suspect was kicked out of Enigma Club & Lounge in the 300 blocks of N. Mosley following a fight and escorted from the club by employees.
The suspect returned with a semi-automatic handgun and started shooting around 12:30 a.m. from outside the club.
Police say 34-year-old Preston Spencer was killed in an overnight shooting at a club in Old Town. He leaves behind a wife and two children, according to a GoFundMe set up to help his family. https://t.co/KPKi5FxobH #KAKEnews pic.twitter.com/6eMNIs2JMh
— KAKE News (@KAKEnews) September 7, 2021
He fired through the windows, striking the victims, including Preston.
Spencer leaves behind a wife and two children.
How old was Preston Spencer?
Preston Spencer was 34 years old at the time of death.
Preston Spencer Wichita, Kansas
According to reports, when the suspect returned at around 12.40 am after being kicked out, police said he began shooting into the club from outside with a handgun, killing 34-year-old father Preston Spencer.
Police were unable to say what sparked the fight, and are still looking for the shooter. He is described as five-foot-nine, black, and in his 20s, and police are seeking information that could lead to his arrest.
‘He fired shots, multiple shots from outside the club into the club,’ Wendell Nicholson told KSN.
In addition to Spencer, five women suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting, police said.
Preston Spencer Facebook
On social media, Spencer’s mother, June, expressed her grief over the death of her son.
‘I never imagined I would ever have to post this,’ she wrote on Facebook. ‘My heart is overwhelmed with grief. My oldest child, Preston Atlas Spencer, was shot and killed by a random act of gun violence.’
In his final post social media post made on Saturday, Spencer wished his son, Julian, a happy fifth birthday.
‘He has saved me as a person and blessed me as a man. I’ve always wanted to be a father!
‘I have grown tremendously because of him and he will always be my Big Man! In so proud of him”.
— Shawn Loging (@KWCHShawn) September 7, 2021
Preston Spencer Wife
Preston’s wife Kendra Spencer shared this statement:
Preston Atlas Spencer, was a man that was unforgettable, even if you met him once. My husband could light up a room just by walking in and saying hello. He took care of his family before himself every single day, making sure that we always felt his deep love for us. Preston was one of the greatest gifts I was blessed to have, and he gave me two beautiful children to share this life with. There is nothing that can bring him back, but he will live on in the legacy that he leaves behind. Our family and friends, and the Wichita community will always remember all the laughs and joy Preston brought into our lives on this side of Heaven. We all gained an angel to watch over us.
Preston Spencer GoFundMe
A friend of Preston Spencer has set up a GoFundMe to help Spencer’s family with costs.
“Hi, my name is Heather and I am raising funds to help support Kendra Spencer and her two beautiful babies. Preston Spencer was tragically taken on September 7th.”
“He leaves behind the love of his life and two young children…”
Kansas Shooting: What We Know So Far
Nicholson said the investigation is ongoing, and that police were interviewing witnesses, KAKE reported.
‘Officers are still trying to put together the pieces. Obviously, the homicide section has been called in.”
Footage from the scene shows the glass doors to the club shattered by the gunfire.
— Hunter Funk (@hunterkfunk) September 7, 2021
Police had initially said there were seven injured in the shooting.
But later, a news release on Tuesday updated the figure to five.