Preston Spencer was shot and killed Tuesday during a Kansas nightclub shooting in Wichita. Spencer was one of six victims, according to police. Authorities reported that five other women were injured in the incident and were taken to the hospital early Tuesday morning.
The shooting occurred at the Enigma Club & Lounge in the Old Town section of Wichita, reports claimed. A man, who was said to be in his 20s, was kicked out of the club for an unknown reason. The suspect then returned to the nightclub at around 12:30 a.m. and opened fire on its patrons.
Police originally reported that seven people were shot, though officials later corrected the number, claiming only five women were hurt. Preston Spencer was the only victim to succumb to his wounds. It was not immediately clear if Spencer had a connection to the shooter. The unidentified suspect is still at large.
Police said in a statement Tuesday that “the investigation revealed a male suspect got into a disturbance earlier inside the club and was made to leave. The suspect returned a short time later and fired multiple rounds with a handgun through the windows into the club from outside, striking the victims.”
Police identified 34-year-old Preston Spencer a few hours after the shooting erupted. He leaves behind a wife and two children, according to a GoFundMe page in his name.
Heather Denning, a high school friend of Spencer’s wife said that she was “raising funds to help support Kendra Spencer and her two beautiful babies.” Denning explained in the GoFundMe post that “Preston Spencer was tragically taken on September 7. He leaves behind the love of his life and two young children.”
The post claimed that “Preston was an amazing soul. Anyone who had the pleasure to meet him would agree that his presence would bring a smile to your face and happiness in your heart. Preston was a loving husband, supportive father, and an incredible son, brother, cousin, and friend.”
Denning continued, explaining that “the world has lost a special person today, but his memory lives on through his family and friends. Please share memories and photos you have with Preston so we can all celebrate his life together.” She also explained that “A Meal Train Plus has been set to help Kendra through the foreseeable future.”
The post claimed that “meals can be donated, but you can also sign up to help with household chores, childcare, dog walks, etc. Here’s the link: Spencer family Meal Train.” So far, the GoFundMe has raised over $7,400 for Spencer’s family.
The Wichita Police Department is set to release more information on the incident at an 11:00 a.m. news conference. As of Tuesday afternoon, no arrests have been made.
Enigma Club & Lounge is an “upscale, sophisticated lounge by day, essential dance destination by night,” according to its Facebook bio. It claimed it had “chill vibes” and “loud beats.” Its Facebook page and Instagram account showed videos from last night’s party, just hours before the mass shooting erupted. The video showed a packed dance hall with bright, fluorescent lights. Smoke machines were pumping out smoke as intense music played.
Jayden, a DJ who performed on Monday night wrote on Twitter that “my heart goes out to all affected mentally and physically.” He wrote that he was “praying for understanding and sending love.” It was no clear if Jayden was at the club when the shooting erupted or if he had left prior to the incident.