N. Spokane shooting victim employed by a work release program

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by DANIELLE GRANT, HAYLEY GUENTHNER, ASHLEY KORSLIEN & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 19 at 5:30 PM

SPOKANE-- Investigators are looking for a hockey mask wearing man who shot another man at an apartment complex Thursday night in North Spokane.

According to Pioneer Human Services, the 56-year-old victim works at the Brownstone Work Release Program.  That program is operated by Pioneer Human Services which is contractor for the Department of Corrections.  The victim does not work directly for the Department of Corrections but works at a facility overseen by the Department of Corrections.

The incident happened around 9:15 p.m. Thursday at the Hill 'n Dale Apartments near Colton and Magnesium according to police.

The victim’s teenage sons said they woke their father when they heard pounding on the door. Their father grabbed his own firearm and confronted the suspect.  Shots were exchanged between the two and the suspect fled. The victim is expected to recover from his injuries.

When police arrived, they found the victim, 56, with a gunshot wound in the chest. Paramedics rushed him to the hospital. After surgery early Friday morning, police said the man should be okay.

Officers blocked off the surrounding area and used a K-9 to track the suspect, but the search came up empty. They are looking for a 5-foot-10 white man with a stocky build. Police say the suspect was wearing a hockey mask.

The relationship between the victim and the shooter is unknown. After conducting some interviews, police are not yet ruling out that this could have been a random attack. While nothing was taken from the apartment, officers said a robbery might have been a motive. They added the victim was a good citizen, without any ties to gang violence.

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