The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Ulysses Police Department are investigating a shooting that took place on April 28, in Russ Binney Park that has left a 14-year-old Ulysses, Kans. boy hospitalized in critical condition.
Around 6:30 p.m. Ulysses Police Department was dispatched to the park after a resident that lives nearby called 911 and said she heard gunshots.
Officers were dispatched to the park from the northeast corner of the intersection off W. Santa Fe Ave. and S. College Street, where upon arriving they found the 14-year-old victim had been shot in the face by what is being described as a high caliber handgun.
The boy was transported by EMS to Bob Wilson Hospital in Ulysses, Kans. but was later flown to Ascension Via Christi Medical Center in Wichita, Kans. due to life-threatening injuries.
Preliminary investigations revealed six teenagers, four boys and two girls, were in the park at the time of the accident and it was surmised that one of them possessed the handgun.
The caller, who lives across the street from the park where the incident occurred, initially thought they heard fireworks but called 911 when they saw the teens fleeing the scene of the accident.
The incident followed after the victim was at track practice that Wednesday afternoon.
The shooting has left the quiet community of Ulysses surprised, that something such as this can happen in their small town.
The weapon was recovered from the crime scene and the investigation is still ongoing.