Shootings keep SPD busy during first weekend of 2014



Posted on January 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 7:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The first weekend of the New Year was a busy one for Spokane police. They juggled multiple robberies and two shootings.

One man was killed and another woman was still fighting for her life in a Spokane hospital on Monday. 

Detectives said the violent attacks are not related and were not random.

Both shootings happened within minutes of each other but are not connected.

The murder brought detectives to an apartment in North Spokane and the second shooting to Sacred Heart. A woman was dropped off at the hospital with gunshot wounds to her chest.

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“Initial appearance is that this may be drug related,” said Captain Joe Walker with the Spokane Police Department.

Detectives said the victim is well known to them and provided them help.

“That investigation lead to the Wendy's on Division. They found the victim’s vehicle,” said Walker.

Detectives said the car was covered in blood but they do not believe the victim was shot in the car.

While detectives were chasing down leads in the hospital case, more shots broke out. This time at an apartment complex.

READ: N. Astor murder suspect caught in Pasco, witnesses not cooperating

The two cases are not related but do have similarities. Detectives said in both incidents, the victims had some sort of connection to their shooter. In the apartment murder on Astor, police quickly identified a prolific Spokane criminal as the killer. The suspect was identified as ten time convicted felon Brandon Mellon.

Friends of Mellon’s alleged victim said he did not deserve to die.

“He was in the backroom playing on the computer. The killer walked up and PEW!! Shot him. Just once,” said friend of the victim Bill Day.

Spokane police said while both cases are shocking, they stress neither were random.

“People that work a 9-5 and go to school aren't putting themselves in these bad situations,” said Walker.

The female shooting victim is still in the hospital but is expected to survive the gunshot wounds to her chest.

As for the suspect in the other shooting, Mellon was caught in Pasco. He accidentally shot himself in the leg and is recovering from that in a Portland hospital according to officials.