Police: Two Felons Throw Four Guns From Car After Drive-By Shooting
Two men with felony convictions from Stockton, California are sitting in jail in Spokane, after police say they fired a gun in a drive-by shooting, threw four guns out of their car onto busy downtown streets and crashed into two other cars, causing minor back and neck injuries to one person.
Jesus Valencia, 29, and Lloyd Brice, 24, are both being held on $75,000 bond after making a first appearance in Superior Court Monday, where Judge Sypolt said "there is a likely danger they would commit violent offenses in the future or interfere with justice," based on their criminal records and the facts of this case detailed in the police report.
It all started around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, when police responded to a call of shots fired in the 1800 block of West Gardner. Nobody was hit, but police found a shell casing that matched one of the four guns later recovered. Police say Valencia and Brice drove away from the scene of the shooting and an officer in the area followed them at a distance as the pair drove westbound on Main right through the heart of Spokane, chucking guns out of the car window.
One was found on Main in front of the Riverpark Square shopping mall, a second at Main & Wall, the third near Main & Washington and the fourth gun was recovered on Main just west of Bernard. Police are now investigating where Valencia and Brice got the weapons, as they are convicted felons and not allowed to have them.
After getting rid of the weapons, police say the pair then caused a crash with two other cars and Main & Browne before taking off on foot and being caught by police nearby.
In court records, police noted the area where the guns were discarded is where daycare kids are often walking with their caregivers and that "Spokane is very fortunate all four of those handguns were recovered and a terrible tragedy didn't occur from Valencia and Brice's blatant disregard for human life."
Both men are scheduled for arraignment in late January.
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