WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Pittsburg State University basketball player was shot to death outside a Wichita sports stadium where a youth football game was being played, police said.
The death Wednesday night of 31-year-old Marquell Nolan stemmed from an ongoing feud between Nolan and the suspect and was not related to the game, Sgt. Dan Hardy said Thursday.
The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Wednesday inside the Stryker Sports Complex near a parking lot there, but outside the stadium where the game was being played.
Hardy said Nolan and the suspect got into an argument and the suspect pulled a gun and shot Nolan. Police were searching for the suspect on Thursday.
Nolen played football at Butler Community College before taking up basketball at Seward County Community College and Pittsburg State, his former coach, Ryan Stock, told The Wichita Eagle. He was the 2013 MIAA defensive player of the year his senior season at Pittsburg State.
More than 500 people were at the scene at the time of the shooting, making for a chaotic scene, Police Capt. Kevin Kochendorfer said.
The league that organized the game, Capital Sports Institute, canceled the remainder of its 2020 youth football season following the shooting.