Union Gospel staff, residents on watch for McGill murder suspect

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by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 9 at 6:23 PM

SPOKANE-- Police have received tips that a wanted homicide suspect was spotted around The Union Gospel Mission in Spokane.

Police are searching for the man who stabbed and killed Sharlotte McGill last week.

Officials with the Union Gospel Mission say anyone who goes through their door is well documented. Day Room Manager Tim Braach said, “The first thing they do is check in at the desk and fill out paperwork, we ask for id, they have to have an id when they come in.”

Employees said they would have noticed the man suspected of Sharlotte McGill’s murder. McGill gave a vague description of a black man in his 30's who has a bad eye as her attacker.

Braach said, “We know most of the residents because we engage with them throughout the day and talk to them about different things they are involved in.”

Despite that, residents at the mission believe the killer was once there. Resident Sheldon Nevens said “I've heard speculations that he was a resident here I had one guy come to me and said he thought he may have talked to the guy but it wasn’t for sure.”

Authorities are actively questioning black men fitting the suspect's description, which has some worried about the possibility of racial profiling.

One resident at Union Gospel was already interviewed and cleared by police. He and several others say they don’t consider it profiling and are more than happy to assist in the investigation.
 

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