Police: Fatal home invasion shooting was not random




Posted on December 16, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 16 at 7:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The deadly shooting on 25th and Garfield Sunday night initially left neighbors concerned about whether the shooting was a random act of violence.  On Monday morning, police confirmed that the shooting was not random.

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The shooting had neighbors wondering just how much danger they were in Sunday night.
“Last night, we got a phone call from a neighbor who said to stay inside, that there had been a shooting and the killer was roaming around in the neighborhood,” said Pamela Johnson.

Johnson said she walked her son home from school on Monday.

“Just so that he could feel comfortable because all of this news is a little bit scary,” said Johnson.

The deadly shooting was less than a football field length away from Hutton Elementary school at a home five blocks from theirs.

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Johnson said there have been some recent burglaries in the area. She did not know if perhaps a homeowner had confronted a suspect or whether or not the attack was random.

Police said they know the suspect stole nothing from the home and targeted the victim.

“Early indications right now is that this appears to be, not a random attack, that the victim was targeted,” said Captain Joe Walker with the Spokane Police Department.

Spokane police said they did not alert citizens of those details earlier because they were busy doing interviews all night and early into the morning.

A police briefing at 10:00 on Monday morning was when notes were compared and they felt confident enough to announce that the shooter did not randomly attack the victim.

Spokane police said they err on the side of caution when releasing information concerning public safety. One neighbor said it made no difference to him whether the attack was random or not.

“How it happens is bad either way,” said Albert Goetzinger.

People said the neighborhood is quiet and whatever happens there comes as a big surprise.