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Wed., March 3, 2010, 10:56 a.m.

Shooter who nearly hit toddler still at large

Police are still looking for a man who fired a shot through a Spokane Valley apartment wall last weekend, striking a post of the bed where a 3-year-old girl was sleeping.

A man called police at 10:25 p.m. Saturday and said someone was shooting at his apartment, 15917 E. Sprague Ave., from the parking lot below. A woman found the bullet when she pulled back her daughter's blankets to check on her after the shooting and the bullet fell to the floor, according to the Spokane Valley Police Department.

Officers found a group of people standing on an upper landing and two bullet casings on the ground in front of them. The caller said he and a friend had been playing cards in another part of the complex and were walking home when they were confronted by two men demanding to know why he had called police about noise.

One of the men, identified only as “Joe,” pulled what appeared to be a gun out of the waistband of his pants, according to police. The caller said he retreated inside, then heard the man slide the action of what sounded like a semi-automatic pistol before shots were fired into his wall.

One of the bullets passed through the exterior wall about 3 feet off the floor, striking a metal bed post and landing on the blankets covering the toddler, police said.

Joe is described as a white and in his late 20s, 6 feet tall and thin. He possibly was left handed and wore a white baseball cap with a dark logo. He had a spider’s web tattoo on his neck.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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