North Spokane Shooting Leaves One Dead; Suspects Still at Large - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

North Spokane Shooting Leaves One Dead; Suspects Still at Large

SPOKANE, Wash - One man is dead after a shooting in the area of Belt and Boone Tuesday morning. KHQ Local News reporter Kaitlyn Bolduc was able to talk with Spokane Police Lieutenant Dave McGovern who said the shooting was likely gang related.

As of Tuesday night, Police released the name of the victim, dead of a gunshot wound to his chest. Police say 28-year-old Nathan Gilstrap has an extensive criminal history and many known gang ties.

Gilstrap was found in a house in that area just after midnight Tuesday, but authorities do not believe that's where he was killed. According to Lt. McGovern, witnesses reported hearing five to six shots following an argument in that area. It's believed that after Nathan Gilstrap was shot he somehow walked to the home where authorities found him. Police say he was dead by the time they arrived on scene.

After the shooting, an unknown number of suspects took off on foot. Police set up a containment area and used a K-9 Tracking Unit to try to find the suspects, but didn't not have any luck. They say Gilstrap is a known gang member and they are investigating the shooting as gang-related. To that end, Spokane's Gang Unit is helping Major Crimes Detectives investigate the incident.

Lt. McGovern says gang-related incidents present several problems. First, he says it's difficult to find anyone who is willing to admit they witnessed the shooting. That's because any witnesses are likely to have records themselves, which leads to the next problem: gang members are notoriously unwilling to help police or detectives. According to Lt. McGovern, it will be "a long haul ahead" investigating this incident.

We'll keep you updated with the latest on this shooting, right here on KHQ.com.

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