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Lawrence police search for man suspected of shooting, killing 18-year-old

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Posted at 6:25 AM, Mar 06, 2024

UPDATE, MARCH 7 | Dawson Edward Paine, the main suspect in the March 5 murder of Davin Gregory Kerr, was taken into custody by the Topeka Police Department around noon Thursday, according to Lawrence Police Department Chief Rich Lockhart.

Paine is a resident of Topeka.

Paine has not yet been charged but remains in custody as of around 2 p.m. Thursday.

Lockhart said the homicide unfolded at Kerr's residence in south Lawrence.

Paine and Kerr were friends, according to Lockhart.

ORIGINAL STORY, MARCH 5 | The Lawrence Police Department is searching for a 21-year-old man suspected of shooting and killing an 18-year-old man around 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

The Lawrence Police Department responded to reports of a shooting in the 2900 block of Crestline Drive, where they located Davin Gregory Kerr, 18, of Lawrence.

Kerr was transported to an area hospital in life-threatening condition and later died, according to an update Wednesday morning from Lawrence police.

LKPD requests the public's assistance in locating Dawson Edward Paine, 21, who is a suspect in the homicide.

Police said Paine, who should be considered armed and dangerous, allegedly shot Kerr then fled the scene before officers arrived.

LKPD is investigating the shooting as a homicide.

"Investigations personnel are currently following leads in the case and will be working through the night to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident," LKPD said in a statement.

LKPD said that the victim and suspect knew one another.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 911 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers of Lawrence and Douglas County tips hotline at 785-843-TIPS (8477).

If you have any information about a crime, you may contact your local police department directly. But if you want or need to remain anonymous, you should contact the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers Tips Hotline by calling 816-474-TIPS (8477), submitting the tip online or through the free mobile app at Depending on your tip, Crime Stoppers could offer you a cash reward.

Annual homicide details and data for the Kansas City area are available through the KSHB 41 News Homicide Tracker, which was launched in 2015. Read the KSHB 41 News Mug Shot Policy.