Wichita West High School, the location where a 17-year-old was shot yesterday, by a Wichita Police Officer, has surveillance cameras overlooking the doors. According to the department, the shooting took place near the doors facing the parking lot on the south side of the building.
The victim’s mother has publicly contradicted the department’s statements, saying that her son was unarmed, and shot in the back while running away. School security footage may be able to show us what happened.
There are two sets of doors along that lot, one set to the west, and one set to the east. There is a patch over what appears to be a bullet hole in a window frame just to the west of the doors on the east side of the lot.
There is a surveillance camera mounted on the wall, facing the parking lot, to the east of the hole.
Without knowing the field of view on the camera, the positions of the officer, the victim, or the trajectory of the shot, we cannot ascertain what this camera, or other cameras on the premises might show, or not show.
This is the view from my camera, standing just below the surveillance camera, pointed in the same direction. It is impossible, at this time, to know whether the surveillance camera has a wider, or more narrow field of view than what is portrayed in this shot.
The camera appears to be of high quality, and may have the capability to rotate. It is unclear whether the positions that the cameras are pointed in now are the same positions they were pointed in yesterday.