Property owner shot in robbery, suspect on the loose


Update: 12:10 p.m.

The lockdown on Bethel campus has been lifted. The suspect has not been caught. Law enforcement continues to ask residents in the area to use caution tonight and report suspicious activity.

Update: 11:17 p.m.

Bethel College Campus remains on lockdown as law enforcement looks for a suspect in a shooting and robbery that took place at 8:45 p.m.

Bethel student and Bethel Collegian Editor-in Chief Reece Hiebert said that campus went into lockdown following the initial report of a shooting in the north end of Newton that sent a local man to the hospital. Hiebert is currently within a housing residence on the campus.
He said a student on the first floor of Voth Hall later reported hearing a boom after the campus went into lockdown.

Law enforcement is currently securing the campus. Hiebert said he did not hear a boom during the time, nor did a friend he’s in contact with on the third floor of Voth Hall.

As for the earlier shooting incident, according to the Newton Police Department, at 8:45 p.m. Newton Police Officers were notified of a shooting  in the 400 block of Normandy Road, in the north end of Newton.

The police department stated that “A homeowner witnessed someone trying to steal a vehicle and confronted the suspect.”

The suspect shot the property owner in the abdomen.

Harvey County dispatch stated that the victim was transported to Wichita for medical treatment. The victim has come out of surgery and is doing well according to the Newton Police Department.

The release from the police department said the suspect fled on foot. Everyone living in the area is encouraged to remain in their homes and report any suspicious activity to the police.  The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

The Newton Police Department is using a drone to assist in the search. It promises an update when more information becomes available.