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Woman Shot In Drive-By Victim Seated Inside When Bullets Crashed Through House

Bullets fired from a passing car tore through the side of a house late Saturday in the Spokane Valley, injuring a 21-year-old woman inside.

Angel M. Smith was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center with a gunshot wound to her side, said sheriff’s Sgt. Bruce Mathews. Smith was talking to deputies when medics wheeled her to the ambulance, but was only able to tell them “I don’t know who did the shooting,” Mathews said.

Her condition was unavailable late Saturday.

Neighbors reported hearing as many as eight gunshots.

Smith was seated near the front of the ranch-style house at 15 S. Manifold when the bullets crashed through the wall, a large window and front door about 9:15 p.m.

Three men, a 9-year-old and an infant, who also were in the house when the gunfire erupted, were not injured.

Smith lives in the house with her parents, who arrived home minutes after the shooting, Mathews said.

Deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers were searching for a black Honda CRX late Saturday. The car was seen leaving the area shortly after the shooting, Mathews said.

Outside the house, deputies used flashlights to search for shell casings on the dirt and gravel street.

None of the neighbors saw who fired the shots.

“All I heard was the shot and I hit the deck,” said Michael Weaver, who lives across the street and called 911.

The neighborhood is well-known to deputies, Mathews said. Graffiti marked a couple of signs along the street.

Neighbors said cars come and go at all hours of the night from the house. They have called deputies several times to report fights, loud music and graffiti, Weaver and another neighbor said.

Saturday night was the first time gunshots were heard.

“We’ve been having all kinds of problems,” Weaver said.

, DataTimes

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