3 Kansas teens were shot after a man thought he'd found the people responsible for stealing his Trump campaign lawn signs

3 Kansas teens were shot after a man thought he'd found the people responsible for stealing his Trump campaign lawn signs
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Three teens were shot during a dispute over stolen Trump signs. Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images
  • Three Kansas teenagers were shot on Saturday after a man thought he found the people responsible for stealing his Trump lawn signs.

  • One of the teenagers was found having been shot multiple times by gunfire in a car that had crashed. The other two arrived in the hospital on their own.

  • The shooting, according to police reports seen by local news stations, precipitated from an earlier incident in which the shooter claimed to have been nearly run over by a car earlier in the night. 

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Three teenagers were shot and hospitalized in Topeka, Kansas, this weekend following a dispute over stolen Trump lawn signs, according to local news station WIBW.

Police responded to a report of gunshots on Saturday night and found one of the teens shot several times, WIBW reported. Later that evening, two other teens showed up to the hospital and they, too, had been shot, according to the station. 

“We ask for the community’s patience as investigators diligently work to determine the facts surrounding this case,” Gretchen Spiker, a spokeswoman for the Topeka Police Department, told WBTV. “No arrests have been made as of this writing. Arrests may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation.” 

Police told the Topeka Capital-Journal on Sunday that a man had shot the teens because he believed they were responsible for his missing signs. 

One of the victims was taken immediately to a hospital with life-threatening injuries and the other two arrived at the hospital of their own volition, the Capital-Journal reported. 

The shooter, who has not been identified by name, told police that he was nearly run over by a car on Saturday. 

Two separate Topeka police reports associated with the Saturday shooting give conflicting reports of what happened, according to the Capital-Journal. 

In one report, police said the three juveniles had been the victims of aggravated battery and the criminal discharge of a firearm.

The teens ranged in age from 15 to 17, WBTV and the Capital-Journal reported. 

In the second report, two men — Robert Sinner II, 39, and Justin Sinner, 34 — were identified as the victims of aggravated assault by a motor vehicle after they said they were nearly struck by a car.

Neither of the Sinners has been identified by police as someone responsible for shooting the teens, but both reported incidents — the shooting and the alleged assault by car — occurred at the same time and place, according to the Capital-Journal. 

“Utilizing two different case numbers is standard practice at the Topeka Police Department when conflicting allegations are provided by involved parties,” Spiker told the Capital-Journal. 

WBTV reported that no signs had been reported stolen on Saturday. 

Incidents of political violence and scare tactics have been reported around the country in the days ahead of the election. 

Over the weekend, two severed deer heads were discovered on properties that displayed Joe Biden signs in Oregon.

In Texas, a convoy of Trump supporters surrounded a Biden campaign bus. The convoy later crashed into a car. 

The FBI announced an investigation into the incident, prompting Trump to defend his supporters.

“In my opinion, these patriots did nothing wrong,” Trump wrote on Twitter in response to the investigation.

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