JOINT RELEASE WITH THE LAWRENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT
On October 1, 2017, at approximately 1:39 a.m., Lawrence Police Officers were near the intersection of 11th Street and Massachusetts Street when they heard multiple gunshots. At the scene, officers encountered a large crowd and several victims suffering from gunshot wounds. In total five victims were identified from the shooting. Three of the victims sustained fatal injuries: Leah Elizabeth Brown, a 22-year-old female Shawnee, Kansas resident; Colwin Lynn Henderson, a 20-year-old male Topeka resident; and Tremel Dupree Dean, a 24-year-old male Topeka resident. Two victims were treated at area hospitals for non-life threatening injuries and later released. They are identified as Royelle Hunt, a 28 year old male Topeka resident, and Tahzay Rayton, a 19 year old male Topeka resident. We believe one or more individuals were specifically targeted in this incident while other individuals were bystanders in the area.
The initial response was followed by two weeks of intensive investigation. Detectives and Officers have worked over 200 leads to date, and this investigation is still ongoing.
Yesterday, with the assistance of the Topeka Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Shawnee County Sherriff’s Office, multiple search and arrest warrants were served in Topeka, Kansas. At the end of the day two subjects, Ahmad Rayton and Dominique McMillon, were taken into custody and booked into the Douglas County Jail on multiple charges. We are still investigating this case with the same intensity that has brought us to this point today, and will do so until all of those responsible are brought to justice.
There are still subjects we are seeking to interview. We do anticipate further arrests on this case, but for investigative reasons we are unable to provide a number of anticipated arrests or a timeline for when they might occur. Again, this continues to be an ongoing, active investigation. If you have any information that could help with this investigation please contact the Lawrence Police Department or Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County at (785)843-TIPS.
Justice for these victims and the safety of our community are our primary concerns. To that end, we will not be discussing any details that could jeopardize this ongoing investigation and future prosecution.
We want to thank the Douglas County Sherriff’s Office, the Topeka Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Shawnee County Sherriff’s Office, and all of the witnesses that have come forward to provide information.
McMillon and Rayton will have first appearances today at 3:00 p.m. in the ProTem Division of Douglas County District Court. Subsequent hearing dates/times for the two cases will be determined by the Court
at today’s hearing.
All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Charges are merely allegations of criminal conduct.
*Rule 226 - Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct
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Cheryl Wright Kunard - Assistant to the District Attorney
Douglas County District Attorney’s Office
Officer Drew Fennelly
Lawrence Police Department