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Wsp Identifies 3 As Freeway Sniper Suspects Two Arrested On Suspicion Of Shootings Near Tyler; Third To Be Booked Sunday

The Washington State Patrol identified three men Thursday as suspects in two sets of shootings along Interstate 90 last year.

Christopher R. Williams, 19, and Evan M. McKeirnan, 20, were arrested at the WSP office Thursday afternoon and booked into Spokane County Jail.

A third suspect, Gregory T. Moody, 19, is out of town but is expected to be booked Sunday night.

The WSP said that on Dec. 8, the suspects allegedly fired a handgun from Interstate 90 into a home near Tyler, about 25 miles southwest of Spokane.

A car traveling west on the freeway also was hit by a shotgun blast at about the same time in the same area.

The state patrol also suspects the men were responsible for another series of shootings near Tyler on Oct. 30.

In those incidents, two westbound semitrucks were hit by shotgun fire, and a trailer being towed by an eastbound pickup truck was struck by a round, shattering 12 plate-glass windows it was carrying.

Williams and McKeirnan are being charged with four counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Moody will be charged with one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment.

Williams is from Stevens County northwest of Nine Mile Falls, McKeirnan is from Pomeroy and Moody is from Spokane.

“They don’t seem to be your ordinary type of criminals who are out typically doing these types of things,” said WSP Capt. Jim LaMunyon.

LaMunyon said the three men were together when they fired the shots. “They’re all friends, they hang out with each other,” he said.

The State Patrol still is reviewing leads in a dozen other shooting incidents in what was referred to as the Spokane Freeway Sniper case.

From October to December, dozens of motorists traveling Interstate 90 from between the Spokane Valley and Tyler reported that they were the targets of gunfire.

Many of those reports proved to be nothing more than highway debris striking vehicles and windows.

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