Police search for armed suspect after N. Spokane shooting


by KREM.com


Posted on October 10, 2013 at 6:11 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 10 at 5:18 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. - Police are searching for the gunman in a shooting that happened in Northeast Spokane early Thursday morning. 
One person was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries after the shooting on North Martin Street, north of Illinois Avenue.
Police responded to the 2600 block of North Martin and closed off the surrounding area while they continued their investigation. Neighbors said they woke up Thursday morning to shots and sirens.
“It wouldn't suprise me, ya know, if there's a little meth going on there,” said Barbara Campbell, neighbor.  
There was no immediate word what led to the shooting.  Spokane Police Department deputies said it has drug ties. Those living next to the home tell KREM 2 News drug activity is common.
“There's always something going on in this little neighborhood here, this is Hillyard,” added Albert Herrera, neighbor.
Those close to the victim said he was shot near the heart requiring extensive surgery. Spokane Police said he was shot in the chest.
 Police were still searching for the suspect Thursday afternoon. The suspect is described as a white male between 30 and 40 years old with dark hair, a dark shirt  and sunglasses. They said he is a 5’6”. He was believed to be armed with a handgun.  An initial search with a K-9 unit was unsuccessful.
Investigators took a cell phone and blue long sleeve shirt from the scene.