Police search for suspect in deadly N. Spokane shooting


by KREM.com


Posted on January 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 5 at 11:57 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police responded to a shooting Friday that left one man dead.

Officers responded to reports of shots fired on the 2200 block of N. Astor Street just before 10 p.m.  When they arrived, police said they found a man dead in an apartment.  The man had suffered a gunshot wound, according to authorities.

Major Crimes Detectives were called to the scene as policed launched an investigation.  Authorities were interviewing witnesses Friday night. 

"Three cops came to my door and asked if we heard any gun shots upstairs,” said neighbor Tanya Cane. 

Cane said she had no idea her neighbor had been a victim in a shooting. 

Neighbors across the street said they did not hear or see anything suspicious Friday night either. However, a boy who lives around the corner from the apartment said he heard gun shots from his basement. 

"I heard two loud noises,” said Jacob Shelp. 

Neighbors said crimes in the neighborhood are common. They said this was not the first time they have heard gun shots. One man said the shooting Friday night has made him think twice about walks with his children.

“We've lived here two years and have never experienced anything like this,” said Frank Total. 

Police said the shooting was not random and the victim and the shooter knew each other. 

The Spokane County Medical Examiner planned to release the identity and official cause of death of the homicide victim after an autopsy.

Police did not believe neighbors in the area were in danger.  

Authorities said there was no indication the shooting was connected to another incident that left a woman with several gunshot wounds at Sacred Heart hospital Friday night.