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Second suspect in Spokane drive-by killing given $750K bail

A second person was arrested and several were detained at the Apple Tree Inn on North Division Street.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The second person arrested in relation to a drive-by shooting on Thursday that left a 15-year-old boy dead made their first court appearance Monday.

Vashaughn Eirls, 16, was arrested Friday for first degree murder and drive-by shooting.  

In court Monday, Eirls bail was set at $750,000. The teen is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. He's being held in Spokane County Juvenile Detention. 

According to Spokane Police Sgt. Terry Preuninger the teen and four other males were briefly detained at the Apple Way Inn when the arrest was made.

Another man accused in killing pleaded not guilty to a first degree murder charge Friday.

Newly filed court documents suggest the shooting was gang related. The victim's parents said members of the "Swave" gang were intimidating their son into joining, documents say. 

Detectives from the Spokane Police Department's Major Crimes Unit and other officers arrested 20-year-old Elijah James Davis, who is a suspect in the teen's murder, according to Sgt. Terry Preuninger. He was originally booked into jail for first-degree murder and drive-by shooting. 

Court documents say Davis was driving the car when the shooting occurred and the shooter is still at large. It is unclear if any of those detained may have been the suspected the shooter.  

Davis appeared in court Friday where he pleaded not guilty. The drive-by shooting charge was dropped. The judge set his bond at $1 million. 

The teen victim died after he was taken to a local hospital, Officer John O'Brien said. Court documents filed Friday said the victim had a gunshot wound to the head. 

Spokane police and Major Crimes detectives responded to reports of the shooting at East 5th Avenue and South Fiske St. near Underhill Park on Thursday.

Officers received a call about the shooting at East 5th Avenue and South Fiske St. near Underhill Park at about 2:45 p.m. on Thursday. The caller said the victim was shot during a drive-by shooting. 

Investigators used a 3D scanner that can recreate the scene. Police said this is valuable to the investigation if they need to revisit what it looked like the day of the incident.  

According to court documents, detectives were able to collect video evidence from Fresh Soul on East 5th Avenue. The video shows the vehicle believed to be involved in the shooting, according to documents. 

Court documents say detectives spoke with the victim's parents after the shooting. The father told investigators two days prior to the shooting, two men, drove by their home in a gray Impala with guns out the window attempting to intimidate the victim into joining the "Swave" gang, documents say. The victim's mother said both of her sons have been harassed and threatened by "Swave" gang members, according to documents. 

Court documents said Davis was located and arrested during a traffic stop. Davis admitted to detectives that he was the driver of the car that was involved in the drive-by shooting, documents say. He said the car belonged to his mother, according to court documents. 

Davis initially claimed he didn't know the passenger in his car but indicated that it was only himself and the other subject in the car when the shooting occurred, documents say.

The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information who has not already spoken to law enforcement is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 and reference Report No. 2020-20173154.  

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