Police search for suspect vehicle from Garland District drive-by

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 2:18 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.—Spokane police were still looking for a suspect after a drive-by shooting in the Garland District on Saturday. Police describe the suspect vehicle as a dark blue SUV-type vehicle, possibly a GMC.

Witnesses said they saw a man shoot the victim after he came out of his house. They said their neighborhood is stricken with crime, but they never expected to see a man get shot.

"I've never witnessed a crime like this ever. It was traumatic,” said a neighbor.

One man watched the scene unfold from his window. He said a blue SUV was parked in front of his apartment complex for at least 30 minutes.

"I heard a horn honk. It was real, long and loud."

The apartment complex caught the SUV on camera.

"As soon as he got out of his step, the guy reached out of his window and was pop pop pop,” said a neighbor.

In the surveillance video, you can see a suspect speeding away backwards from the scene. A witness said the male victim was shot in his chest.

"I saw him go down and that was it and his girlfriend came to the door,” said a neighbor.

The victim was taken to the hospital and was expected to survive.

Neighbors and the land lord of the apartment complex identified the victim as Chris Prusch.

Neighbor Amie Wonch described Prusch as friendly, but said officers have been to the complex before. KREM 2 News was told neighbors have complained about Prusch to the landlord in the past.

Police were investigating what led up to the shooting but Wonch said she thinks it was a neighbor dispute.

"This guy that lives here, got beat up by Chris in the back,” said Wonch.

Wonch said she thinks another tenant may have been involved. Neighbors said they are worried they are not safe.

"It's horrible, yes I'd like to move,” said one neighbor.

No suspects had been arrested on Sunday. Spokane police are not saying if the victim and the shooter knew each other. The case was still under investigation.

 

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