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Parkgoers shaken by daylight shooting in Manito

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

A woman is in the hospital after being shot once at Manito Park.

Spokane police are investigating the incident, and say they do have a person of interest who they believe knew the victim. The incident shook a lot of people who were at the park or live nearby.

“I heard something that was either a gunshot or a backfire of a car,” says Amy Chase, who’s a witness.

She was heading to the park to meet her family for lunch. 

“I looked immediately up towards the sound and there were a handful, I think four people, who were starting to freak out,” she says. And then, “I heard a female voice saying she's gushing blood.”

Amy, her husband, and a nurse rushed to help, and called 911. Soon after, police rushed on scene.

“It breaks my heart that something can come this close to home, again, with two little boys and not knowing what could’ve happened if that shot went a different direction is terrifying to me,” Amy says. “Just a little shaken by today.”

She’s not the only one shaken. The victim’s family is too. James Park is the victim’s uncle. He says she was out the night before and they had been communicating.

“I know that she was heading on her way back home a couple hours ago and then she came and we got the phone call,” he says.

He never imagined this would’ve happened.

“I'm in the military. I just got back from Afghanistan so the fact that being away and trying to keep people safe and I come home and my own family is being attacked really gets under my skin,” he says. “I hope they find whoever did it and he's punished to the full extent possible.”

Police say the woman has non life threatening injuries. 

Police took 18-year-old Jensen Stauffer into custody in connection to the shooting Saturday evening. 

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