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The Telegram
  • Dolgeville man wounded in Kansas shooting

  • A soldier from Dolgeville was injured in a shooting that left one person dead and two others injured in Manhattan, Kansas, on April 7. Riley County police said 22-year-old U.S. Army Sgt. Dustin Ferguson was shot at his apartment at 900 Garden Way by his neighbor, 43-year-old Matthew D. Wilson, who was arrested fo...
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  • A soldier from Dolgeville was injured in a shooting that left one person dead and two others injured in Manhattan, Kansas, on April 7.
    Riley County police said 22-year-old U.S. Army Sgt. Dustin Ferguson was shot at his apartment at 900 Garden Way by his neighbor, 43-year-old Matthew D. Wilson, who was arrested for first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree attempted murder and aggravated burglary. Wilson’s bond was set at $2 million.
    Riley County police said they would not discuss the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting or a motive, as they want to make sure Wilson receives a fair trial.
    However, a report from Kansas television station WIBW stated Wilson said he wanted to kill his neighbors when he burst into their apartment and started firing a gun.
    According to the report, Wilson allegedly opened fire inside the apartment, killing Specialist Michael T. Lowery, a 22-year-old U.S. Army soldier with the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Alpha Company at Fort Riley, and wounding Ferguson, Christine Kim, 23, of Junction City, and Alexya Mailea, 23, a Kansas State University student. The report said Wilson “was there to kill the men” and tried unsuccessfully to enter Joel Solano’s bedroom. Solano, a 28-year-old U.S. Army soldier, Erica Campos, 24, and Elyana Solano, 1, were present during the shooting but were not injured.
    According to the WIBW report, Ferguson and Joel Solano lived in the same apartment together, while Wilson lived in a neighboring unit at the complex.
    Lowery did not live at the apartment with Ferguson and Solano, but police told WIBW it was possible Lowery was staying at the apartment as the soldiers were in the same unit.
    Family members said Ferguson is improving. Lorie Klawonn, his stepmother, said while he was shot in the stomach and arm, doctors are hopeful he will make a full recovery.
    She recounted Ferguson calling 911, pulling a victim out of a window and running around the building until he finally collapsed.
    “He was still just trying to get to the other people to save them,” Klowann said.
    Even though Ferguson will be okay, she said the family is having a hard time.
    “You just keep telling yourself, he’s alright,” Klowann said. “We just have to concentrate on the healing.”
    The 4th Brigade recently returned from a deployment to Afghanistan.
    Klowann said Ferguson had been injured twice while deployed, receiving two Purple Hearts. She added he was set to begin Ranger training in June.
    Wilson is scheduled to appear in court on April 22.
    Contributing: GateHouse News Service
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