March 17, 2009 in Region

Arrest warrants issued in Pullman shooting

By The Spokesman-Review
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The Whitman County prosecutor today issued warrants against two Moscow men arrested earlier in the day in connection with an overnight shooting at a Pullman apartment.

Lewis A. Lawrence, 20, is being held at the Latah County Jail on three counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree burglary.

Also being held in the jail is Rylan J. Wallace, 21, on a charge of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.

The pair were arrested in Moscow by police in that city a short time after a 12:30 a.m. shooting involving a shotgun. One of three occupants in a Providence Court apartment at Stadium Way and Valley Road was injured, said Commander Chris Tennant of the Pullman Police Department.

A 22-year-old Pullman man at the apartment reportedly answered the door and was shot in the head by a man who fired two other shots into the apartment, missing two other occupants, Tenant said.

The injured victim was taken to Pullman Regional Hospital where he was being treated for a non-lethal injury to the head, Tennant said.

The suspects fled in a vehicle, and Pullman police issued a bulletin asking for help from other law agencies in finding it.

Moscow police stopped Lewis and Wallace in a vehicle matching the description in the bulletin. A weapon was seized.

Tenant said the victims were cooperating with investigators, but a motive for the shooting had not been determined.

Investigators were working on obtaining warrants to conduct searches as part of their investigation today, Tennant said.

Authorities in Whitman County are expected to pursue extradition against the two suspects, he added.

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