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July 5th, 2007, 05:33 AM
Kansas Shoppers Step Over Dying Woman
Posted: 2007-07-04 09:37:01
Filed Under: Crime News, Nation
WICHITA, Kan. (July 4) - As stabbing victim LaShanda Calloway lay dying on
the floor of a convenience store, five shoppers, including one who stopped
to take a picture of her with a cell phone, stepped over the woman, police

The June 23 situation, captured on the store's surveillance video, got scant
news coverage until a columnist for The Wichita Eagle disclosed the
existence of the video and its contents Tuesday.

Police have refused to release the video, saying it is part of their

"It was tragic to watch," police spokesman Gordon Bassham said Tuesday. "The
fact that people were more interested in taking a picture with a cell phone
and shopping for snacks rather than helping this innocent young woman is,
frankly, revolting."

The woman was stabbed during an altercation that was not part of a robbery,
Bassham said. It took about two minutes for someone to call 911, he said.

Calloway, 27, died later at a hospital.

Two suspects have been arrested. A 19-year-old woman was charged with
first-degree murder. Another suspect who turned himself in had not been
charged as of Tuesday, the Sedgwick County prosecutor's office said.

The district attorney's office will have to decide whether any of the
shoppers could be charged, Bassham said.

It was uncertain what law, if any, would be applicable. A state statute for
failure to render aid refers only to victims of a car accident.

Eagle columnist Mark McCormick told The Associated Press he learned about
the video when he called Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams to inquire
about a phone call he had received from a reader complaining about a Police
Department policy that requires emergency medical personnel to wait until
police secure a crime scene before rendering aid. McCormick said Williams
then unloaded on him about the shoppers in the stabbing case.

"This is just appalling," Williams told the newspaper. "I could continue
shopping and not render aid and then take time out to take a picture? That's
crazy. What happened to our respect for life?"

July 11th, 2007, 12:16 AM
This isn't surprising to me which is a bad sign.

Just come to beautiful British Columbia and take a walk around downtown Victoria. Strange no one even seems to notice all the sick and starving people wandering the streets aimlessly. Sometimes they die in a doorway or on a bench. Not much different.

You'd think someone would have at least stopped to hold her hand and talk to her while she lay there.:sad: