Three Arrested After Weekend Shooting – Attempt to Locate Additional Subject

Three local men have been arrested for attempted murder after a shooting at a house party Saturday.

Cordarius Gowdy, 21, of Ogden, Damerius McGee, 18, of Ogden and Christopher Stowers, 21, of Manhattan were each arrested today on probable cause offenses of attempted first-degree murder (x3), aggravated battery (x3), and one count of firing into an occupied dwelling. 

On October 21, 2023, around 2:50 a.m., the Riley County Police Department Communication Center received several 911 calls reporting gunfire. When officers arrived on scene, they found 2 male victims with gunshot wounds. A 3rd male victim arrived at the hospital with a gunshot wound from the incident. 

Gowdy, McGee, and Stowers were each issued a total bond of $1 Million and are confined in the Riley County Jail. 

We need your help finding Marc Oliver, 18, of Manhattan (pictured) in connection to the shooting. He is believed to be armed and dangerous. Do not approach him if seen. If you have any information on Oliver’s whereabouts, please contact the Riley County Police Department at (785) 537-2112or Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777. In an emergency call 911. You can submit tips online here:

Marc Oliver
Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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