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Suspect, 23, is on the run from police after opening fire at a Kansas nightclub killing a 34-year-old father and injuring five others, after he was kicked out the club for fighting

Police are seeking a 23-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed a father of two, and injured five others at a Kansas nightclub that he had been kicked out of early Tuesday.

Wichita police identified the suspect in the shooting as Keshawn Dawson, who they said had been involved in a 'disturbance' that became 'physical' at the Enigma Club & Lounge in downtown Wichita, and was subsequently escorted out of the building.

A short time later, at around 12.38am, police said Dawson allegedly returned with a semi-automatic handgun, and began shooting through the glass doors and windows at the front of the club, killing 34-year-old Preston Spencer of Wichita, and injuring five women. 

After he opened fire, Dawson then left in dark-colored vehicle which was being driven by another individual, Wichita Police Capt. Jason Stephens said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. 

Police are still seeking his whereabouts, he said, and were investigating whether there was any relation between Dawson and Spencer.

Keshawn Dawson allegedly opened fire at a club in Kansas Tuesday morning, police said, killing 34-year-old father of two Preston SpencerPreston Spencer

Keshawn Dawson allegedly opened fire at a club in Kansas Tuesday morning, police said, killing 34-year-old father of two Preston Spencer

In addition to Spencer, five others injured when Dawson allegedly opened fire early Tuesday morning at the Enigma Club & Lounge (pictured) in Wichita Kansas

In addition to Spencer, five others injured when Dawson allegedly opened fire early Tuesday morning at the Enigma Club & Lounge in Wichita Kansas

Footage from the scene shows the doors of the club shattered by the bullets after Dawson allegedly opened fire into the club

Footage from the scene shows the doors of the club shattered by the bullets after Dawson allegedly opened fire into the club 

In addition to being sought for the shooting, Stephens said Dawson is wanted on two Sedgwick County warrants, and had been prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Stephens was unable to specify what the warrants were related to.  

The five other victims, ranging in age from 22 to 40, sustained what Stephens said were 'life-threatening' injuries to their legs, arms and lower back in the shooting.

As of Tuesday afternoon, he said all were expected to survive, and some had already been discharged from the hospital.  

Spencer's wife, Kendra, shared a statement following her husband's death.

'Preston was one of the greatest gifts I was blessed to have, and he gave me two beautiful children to share this life with,' she told KSN. 

'There is nothing that can bring him back, but he will live on in the legacy that he leaves behind.' 

On social media Spencer's mother, June, expressed her grief over the death of her son. 

'I never imagined I would ever have to post this,' she wrote on Facebook. 

In his final social media post made on Saturday Spencer wished his son, Julian, (pictured) a happy fifth birthday.

In his final social media post made on Saturday Spencer wished his son, Julian, a happy fifth birthday.

Spencer's mother  June (pictured) expressed her grief over the death of her eldest son on social media hours after the shooting

Spencer's mother  June expressed her grief over the death of her eldest son on social media hours after the shooting  

'My heart is overwhelmed with grief. My oldest child, Preston Atlas Spencer, was shot and killed by a random act of gun violence.'

In his final post social media post made on Saturday,  Spencer wished his son, Julian, a happy fifth birthday. 

 'He has saved me as a person and blessed me as a man. I've always wanted to be a father! He gave that to me and with a bang,' he wrote on Facebook. 

'I have grown tremendously because of him and he will always be my Big mans! Im so proud of him and even prouder to be his father!'

Wichita police Capt. Wendell Nicholson (pictured) reported that the suspect had fired multiple times into the club from outside

Wichita police Capt. Wendell Nicholson reported that the suspect had fired multiple times into the club from outside 

Police say the suspect was kicked out of the club in downtown Wichita (pictured) after an 'unknown disturbance' and returned shortly after

Police say the suspect was kicked out of the club in downtown Wichita after an 'unknown disturbance' and returned shortly after  

Police are still seeking the suspect, who was described as five-foot-nine, black and in his 20s

Police are still seeking the suspect, who was described as five-foot-nine, black and in his 20s

A Gofundme was set up by Heather Denning, a longtime high school friend of Preston to help support his family. 

'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,' she wrote on the campaign page. 

'The world has lost a special person today, but his memory lives on through his family and friends.'

As of Tuesday afternoon, it had raised more than $16,000.    

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