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Two arrests made for third drive-by shooting this week in Spokane

Police arrested two people connected to a drive-by shooting that occurred in North Spokane Wednesday night.
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SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane police officers responded to a 3rd drive-by shooting this week in Spokane. 

It happened Wednesday around 8 p.m. near East Desmet Avenue just 10 miles from the two drive-by shootings reported on Tuesday.

Police said 48-year-old Randy J. Shaeffer and 25-year-old Lindsey A. Hendrickson were arrested after a victim told police that a silver Mazda pulled up next to him and started firing gunshots.

According to police, the victim was not struck by a bullet and no one else in or around the park was struck. Police said they did not find any bullet casings at the crime scene.

Witnesses and information from surveillance video helped identify Hendrickson as the driver and the shooter, according to investigators.

Officers eventually located Shaeffer and Hendrickson, who police said are related, at a home near North Altamont Street. and discovered the victim was in an on-again/off-again relationship with Hendrickson.

During the search of Hendrickson’s car, officers found an empty handgun holster and a spent casing, police said.

During the search of Shaeffer’s pickup, officers said they recovered a handgun wrapped in a shirt on the seat. Officers arrested Shaeffer for participating in the drive-by shooting, police said.

According to police, both Hendrickson and Shaeffer are convicted felons and cannot legally possess firearms. Hendrickson has convictions for possession of controlled substance and theft of a motor vehicle. Shaeffer has two convictions for possession of a controlled substance.

Both Shaeffer and Hendrickson were charged with first degree assault, drive-by shooting, and second degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

On Tuesday, police investigated two drive-by shootings that occurred in north and south areas of Spokane.

The first drive-by shooting was reported at about midnight in the area of 600 South Howard Street. The second incident, gunfire was exchanged between two cars near Boone Avenue and Cedar Street, according to police.

Those with information regarding either drive-by shooting, including surveillance video, who have not already spoken to law enforcement are asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233 and reference #2020-20148127.