On May 23, 2016 at approximately 1:45 a.m., Spokane Valley Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Valley Hospital’s Emergency Room for the report of a patient who was reporting he was punched and then shot in the leg while he was walking in the area of 600 North Vista Road in Spokane Valley.
The 47-year-old victim stated he was walking north on Dick Road when a male dressed in all red approached him. The victim said the suspect asked him if he was affiliated with a gang. The victim stated he wasn’t in a gang but believes he was targeted because he was wearing all blue clothing. The suspect hit the victim a couple times, knocking his blue Seattle Mariners baseball cap off. The victim was able to get away from the suspect who tried to get him to return for the baseball hat. The victim refused and continued to walk away. The suspect whistled which led the victim to believe the suspect was summoning additional people.
As the victim continued walking, a vehicle pulled up and he heard gunshots. The victim said the suspect who hit him was a passenger in the vehicle and was now shooting at him. The victim said he fell to the ground after being hit in the leg as the vehicle fled the scene.
Deputies made contact with the occupants of a residence in the area they believed the suspect may have come from but the victim could not identify anyone as being involved.
The victim was treated and released after receiving treatment for the wound to his lower leg.
The incident is being investigated by the Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force. The Spokane Regional Safe Streets Task Force is comprised of investigators from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, Spokane Valley Police Department, Spokane Police Department, Washington State Patrol, Washington State Department of Corrections and the FBI. The SRSSTF is a FBI sponsored task force working to alleviate the criminal activities of gangs, violent criminals and upper level drug traffickers.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.