SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Violent Crimes Gang Enforcement Team (SVCGET), working with Spokane Police Department Major Crimes, investigated a shooting on Spokane's lower South Hill Thursday morning that left a 35-year-old Moses Lake man with life-threatening injuries and a gunman at large.
The victim, who is well known to police for gang affiliations, was shot in the stomach in the area of 6th Ave. and Oak St. around 6:40am Thursday. At that time, 911 dispatchers received several calls about loud bangs or possible gun shots.
Somehow, the victim got into the backseat of a car and ended up seven blocks away on 13th Ave. and Cedar St.
Coincidentally, two officers pulled up to 13th and Cedar on an unrelated call, when a woman got out of her car and flagged the officers over. The woman told officers that her friend had been shot and was laying in the back seat of a white sedan.
Neighbor Nancy Thornton, who had a bird's eye view of the scene from her bedroom window, said the man had blood on his side but was conscious and alert. Officers said he was able to talk before he was taken away on a stretcher to the hospital.
Officers secured the car and towed the sedan as evidence.
Based on the earlier 911 calls, other patrol officers then traced the crime scene back to an alley in the 1800 block of west 6th Ave. A neighbor named "Carla" was sitting in her chair, watching TV, when she said she suddenly heard a pop. KHQ did not reveal her identity since the shooter is still at large.
Before she knew it, Carla said she saw a man running across her front yard covered head-to-toe in black. She said his face was covered with a hoodie.
"It looked like he was kind of panicked, and he was looking around," Carla said. "Then he stopped and a little red car pulled up and I saw him get in."
Carla described the man as big, burly and "like a football player" in stature. She said the car he jumped into was a red sports car with a black top and looked like a convertible.
Just a few houses down, neighbor Amy Rowe heard the commotion too.
"We were like, what the hell is going on?" Rowe explained. "When we realized that what we heard was a gunshot, it was a little freaky."
Within minutes of the man in black speeding away, the women said police cruised into the neighborhood.
"There were cops running through the yards, running to the corners," Rowe said.
With guns drawn, police circled a duplex on 6th Street. Although neighbors said it had been vacant for some time, police legally forced their way in since they believed there could have been another gunshot victim or possibly a suspect inside.
"It's always scary when you see the cops armored up," Rowe continued.
Officers came back out empty handed. No one was inside, but they began the search for evidence left behind. Police found what they believed to be bullet holes in the walls of an apartment complex.
"We and looked out the alley cause that's where we saw all the cops coming from," Rowe said.
Gang Enforcement Officers later executed a search warrant at that same apartment and were able to collect evidence from inside.
The investigation is ongoing. SVCGET asks that anyone with information about this incident call 625-GANG or go to www.stopspokanegangs.org to leave an anonymous tip.
Press Release From Spokane Police Department:
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Violent Crimes Gang Enforcement Team (SVCGET), working with SPD Major Crimes are investigating an early morning shooting that left one person seriously injured. The victim, an adult male adult, was shot on the lower south hill , flagged down SPD officers, and then was transported to a local hospital. After an extensive search, the shooter is still at large.
Shortly before 7am this morning, 911 received several calls of loud bangs or possible gun shots in the area of 6th Ave. and Oak St. on the lower south hill. Two officers were puling up to an unrelated call in the area of 13th Ave. and Cedar St. when a car pulled up and flagged them over. The driver alerted them her friend had been shot and was laying in the back seat of the car. The 35 year old male had a gunshot wound to his abdomen but was conscious and speaking prior to being transported to an area hospital.
Those officers secured the car and had it towed as evidence. Based on the 911 calls received, other patrol officers were able to find the crime scene in an alley to the south of the 1800 block of west 6th Ave. The found what they believed to be bullet holes in the walls of an apartment complex and forced entry into one of the units there to verify there were no suspects or victims in that apartment. Gang Enforcement Officers later executed a search warrant at that same apartment and were able to collect evidence from inside.
The investigation is ongoing. SVCGET asks that anyone with information about this incident call 625-GANG or click here to leave an anonymous tip.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now police are investigating a shooting on Spokane's lower South Hill that sent a man to the hospital.
Spokane Police told KHQ-TV that around 6:40 a.m. Thursday a woman flagged down police in the area of 13th & Cedar after finding a 35-year-old man in the back seat of a vehicle with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.
Around the same time, police also responded to 6th & Oak after receiving several calls reporting gunfire in the area. After discovering two bullet holes on the back side of a duplex, police forcibly entered the duplex to check if another victim or the suspect was inside, but it was vacant.
Police remained on scene to search the neighborhood and investigate and await a search warrant to re-enter the duplex to gather more evidence.
Officers were legally able to enter the duplex originally because they feared someone else may have been injured, but once they determined the duplex was vacant, they pulled back to obtain the search warrant.
Police told KHQ's Blake Jensen that the victim is from Moses Lake and is well-known to police through his gang ties. The victim was in surgery, but there was immediate word on his condition.
There was also no immediate word on a description of the shooting suspect who is still at large.
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