2 teens shot during dispute at Shawnee home, 1 person in custody

Shawnee Police officers, including a detective, confer in the driveway of the home late Thursday night, just after the victims had been loaded into ambulances to be transported to Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Police say one victim is in critical condition, the other in stable condition. Police are searching for two suspects who left in what was described as a white car. Photo credit Mike Frizzell.

This story was updated at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 14

Shawnee Police say a man has been arrested and is being held on a charge of attempted first degree murder in connection to a shooting Thursday night at a home in western Shawnee.

An online booking log with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office shows Jensen Ashler, 19, was booked into jail just after 3:30 a.m. Friday morning.

In a statement, Shawnee Police Maj. Jim Baker said an 18-year-old victim has now been released from the hospital and a 17-year-old who was also shot has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

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Shawnee police say two people were transported to an area hospital with critical injuries following a shooting Thursday evening.

Police were called to a house at 21617 West 51st Place just after 5:30 p.m. for a reported armed disturbance.

“Officers discovered a 17-year-old male victim that had gunshot wounds to his torso and an 18-year-old male victim with a gunshot wound to his leg,” Major Jim Baker said in a news release.

Baker says the victims were allegedly shot during a dispute with two male acquaintances.

Police have not said if the shooting occurred inside or outside the house.

Johnson County Med-Act ambulances transported both shooting victims to the Overland Park Regional Medical Center. According to Med-Act, one was in critical condition and the other was in stable condition.

The suspects are only described as a white male and a black male, both in their late teens or early 20s.

Major Baker says both suspects fled in a white car, possibly a Ford Focus. The wheels appeared to have been either painted black or missing all four hubcaps.

Police are asking anyone with information to call them at 913-631-2150 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.

The address of Thursday’s shooting is the same one that police served a search warrant at in March of 2021. Neighbors say the house is often the subject of police attention.

Check back with this report for updates as more information becomes available.

Mike Frizzell is a freelance crime and fire reporter who runs Operation 100 News.