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Murder Suspects Have Left Trail Of Violence All Over Spokane

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You might not think of Spokane as a hot spot for gang activity, but the number of gangs is growing across the Inland Northwest.

Drug sales, fights, and shootings. Many of these things can be traced back to Spokane gangs.
Now, Spokane Police say a recent murder has gang ties as well.

The two people who may have been behind that shooting are in jail, and even though they're both very young, they both have an extensive and violent past.

The murder happened just before midnight on Sunday, when 26-year-old Julian Morrison was shot dead outside of a music venue called "The Hop."

After days of pouring over evidence and conducting interviews, two people were arrested Wednesday night. They are 23-year-old Kalen Bedford and 25-year-old Carlos Fuentes.

The gang unit was immediately brought in when this shooting happened, leading many of us to believe that either the shooter or the victim was involved in a gang, but we didn't know just how involved these men are until we dug a little deeper into some recent violent events in Spokane.

With the arrest of these two suspects, who police say they know very well, we've uncovered several past shootings that these two suspects have been linked too.

One of them, Kalen Bedford we learned may have played a role in another recent shooting at another concert venue, The Knitting Factory earlier this year. It has actually been a trail of violence. That's what KHQ found when we dug deeper in to the past of 23-year-old murder suspect Kalen Bedford.

Bedford has racked up 5 felony charges including Burglary, Assault & Drug charges, and is now facing 1st Degree Murder for gunning down rival gang member Julian Morrison.

Criminal records linked Bedford to several high profile shootings in Spokane. In June 2010 three people were injured after gunfire erupted downtown at Hoopfest. Bedford was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.  

Police believe Bedford was the target of an attempted murder.  

In December 2011, an aspiring Spokane rapper, Jose Solis, was murdered in a downtown hotel. Bedford was not the shooter, but police believe he played a role in the rapper's death.

In Feburary 2013, a shooting outside of the Knitting Factory left two men injured. Spokane Police had the venue closed for a week while they investigated, but just 50-minutes after that shooting, two more men were gunned down on Maple & Nora in Spokane. They survived.
Police and friends of Bedford tell KHQ that he was one of those victims. Police say these crimes are targeted and the risk to the public is low.

Now Bedford and his alleged accomplice, Carlos Fuentes are off the streets. Two criminals police have deemed deadly dangerous. Police say at first getting witness statements was difficult because this was a gang shooting, but the gang task force was able to work its sources within the community and get these guys off the street.

 

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