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Wichita police investigate fatal shooting at hotel

October 1, 2021 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting on the city’s east side.

Michael Martinez, 42, was found shot to death at a hotel on Thursday night.

Investigators are looking for 31-year-old Patricio Gomez in connection with the shooting, police said in a news release.

Investigators determined that Gomez and a female met Martinez at the hotel for an illegal drug transaction, police said. A disturbance occurred during the deal and Martinez was shot. Gomez and the female fled the scene in a black Cadillac Escalade.

Police officers and a SWAT team surrounded a hotel in Park City Friday after Gomez’s vehicle was located there but Gomez was not found, police said.