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SPD seeking public assistance in identifying cars involved on E. Sprague Ave shooting

Spokane Police Department obtained new leads related to Monday's shooting that left a Best Asian Market damaged.

SPOKANE, Wash. — After a shooting at 2020 E. Sprague Ave. on Monday that left a Best Asian Market damaged, Spokane Police Department is seeking for the public's help to identify the vehicles involved.

The shooting occurred at 5:30 p.m. after dispatch received multiple calls about shots being fired around the location.

Spokane Police Department obtained video footage showing multiple gunshots were exchanged between occupants of an older silver minivan. Officers believed the vehicles are a Chrysler and a red/maroon four-door Sedan.

One bullet hit the Best Asian Market, and no customers in the store were injured. Manager Tom Chiu said his nephew pulled in students who were in the parking lot at the time of the shooting for safety.

A nearby business owner said he heard 8 to 10 shots during the shooting and police arrived to the store quickly.

Chiu said shots were fired between two shooters and one of the bullets hit the store's glass door and went through a bag of rice.

He said the situation was random and his business was not individually targeted.

Chiu said Best Asian Market has been in Spokane for 30 years and he's seen the area come a long way.

"It used to be really bad, this whole strip," Chiu said. "And it's gotten so much better. It could be a really great area."

Chiu said he likes the community he lives in and doesn't feel unsafe. He wants his customers to feel the same. He said a customer even came in and tried to offer money to help fix the door.

"It was nice, but we said no because we can take care of it and this wasn't a race thing," Chiu said. "It's a safe community. It's a small knit community and we don't have this kind of stuff happening in Spokane. It's a random, stray act and we're still going to be here for the foreseeable future." 

The door at Best Asian Market was boarded up after the shooting. The store does have a second door to use for normal use while the other door is waiting to be repaired.

According to a press release from the Spokane Police Department (SPD), several callers said the shooter drove out of the area. No injuries were reported.

Officers are actively investigating the incident and are following up on leads.

Nobody has been arrested, but the police are asking any witnesses who have not spoken with police, or those who have any information about the vehicles in the following pictures, to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

This is a developing story and would be updated when more information becomes available. 

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