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Lawrence shooting victim dies


A Lawrence man has died after getting shot on his way to work earlier this week. Now Lawrence Police are searching for the gunman who opened fire.

Police were initially called to the Harrison Pointe Apartments near 46th and Post Road in Lawrence at around 7:00 am. It's believed a man tried to rob someone at that apartment complex. When he failed, police think he then went to the Jamestown Apartments. That's when he encountered the victim, 26-year-old Fernando Garza. Police say the suspect shot Garza in the head as he was coming outside on his way to work.

Garza died of his injuries on Thursday, police say.

"I believe it was random in both cases - a potential crime of opportunity for the suspect. But right now, we're still trying to gather additional information to see exactly what took place," said Chief Deputy Curtis Bigsbee, Lawrence Police.

Eyewitness News spoke with Garza's friend, who said Garza lived with his girlfriend and helped take care of her five children who range in age from 3-15. He says he still can't believe his friend was the victim of such a senseless crime.

"He hasn't done anything wrong in this neighborhood. I don't know why people can be like that. I don't know why people can shoot somebody that's trying to work hard in this country," said Martin Jayer.

Garza is in critical condition.

If you have any information that could help them in this crime, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.

Police say the suspect, who police describe as a six-foot-tall black male with dreadlocks, in a gray hooded sweatshirt and very thin build, fled on foot. 

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