February 25, 2024

GCPD Media Release – Fatal Shooting

Garden City Police Department

Officers of the Garden City Police  Department were called to a shooting that had just occurred. The victim notified dispatch he was in the area of Abe Hubert Elementary School. Once officers  arrived, they located a 16-year-old juvenile with a gunshot wound. Officers learned  neither the school nor USD 457 was involved in the incident. He was transported  to St. Catherine Hospital with critical injuries.  

While officers were investigating the incident in the parking lot of Abe Hubert, dispatchers were notified of a second shooting victim at 1307 north 12th Street. Upon arrival, Officers located a 4-year-old girl with a gunshot wound.  

Officers learned the incident occurred as a result of a domestic dispute. The 4- year old girl sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported by Finney  County EMS to St. Catherine Hospital, where she was later pronounced  deceased. 

Justin Franco, (31), 1307 N 12th Street, was located at his residence and taken into  custody by officers without incident. 

The investigation is on-going, and no further information will be released at this  time.  

Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and loved ones of everyone  affected by this tragedy.  

A live brief will be held on 11/25/2020 at 4:30 PM at 304, N 9th Street, Garden  City, KS. 

*The person(s) involved has not yet been convicted of a crime and are presumed  innocent. The presumption of innocence shall continue until such time that the  person(s) accused may be found guilty by a court of law. *