Aug 01, 2020 8:00 PM

Charges filed in fatal shooting of Kan. auto parts store employee

Posted Aug 01, 2020 8:00 PM
Lucas photo Sedgwick County
Lucas photo Sedgwick County

SEDGWICK COUNTY — A man accused in the fatal shooting at a business in Wichita made his first court appearance Friday.

Lamontae Lucas, 18, of Wichita, is charged with second-degree murder, according to the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office.

Investigators have determined that just after 9p.m. Sunday July 26, Lucas entered the Auto Zone store in the in the 900 Block of South Oliver in Wichita in an attempt to commit robbery, according to Police Captain Jason Stephens.

While in the store, Lucas shot and killed employee 40-year-old Nicholas Blue and then fled on foot.

Security camera image courtesy Wichita Police
Security camera image courtesy Wichita Police

Through community response to the security camera image of the suspect entering the store and diligent police work officers were able make the arrest.

Just before 10:30p.m. Tuesday, police booked  Lucas a on a requested charge of First-Degree Murder, according Stephens.

 Police have not released details on whether Lucas was involved in three other armed robberies in area on the same night.  

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SEDGWICK COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities investigating a fatal shooting at a business in Wichita continue their search for a suspect and have asked  the public for help to identify the person captured on security cameras.

Just after 9p.m. Sunday, police were dispatched to report of a shooting at the Auto Zone in the in the 900 Block of South Oliver in Wichita, according to Captain Jason Stephens.

Upon arrival, police discovered store employee 40-year-old Nicholas Blue dead of a gunshot  wound.

Police on the scene of the investigation late Sunday -photo courtesy KWCH
Police on the scene of the investigation late Sunday -photo courtesy KWCH

The investigation revealed an unknown suspect entered the business, pulled out a handgun and shot Blue. There were two other employees in the business at the time, in other parts of the store, and no customers.

The store was open for business at the time of the shooting, according to Stephens.

Police have not determined a motive for the shooting and on Monday afternoon released a security camera image of the alleged suspect.

If you know the identity of this suspect or saw anyone wearing the pictured clothing, please call 911, WPD detectives at 316-268-4407, or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 immediately. This

The individual should be considered armed and dangerous.

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