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In brief: Three teens charged in paintball rampage

Fri., Dec. 28, 2012

Three teens face felony charges after a drive-by paintball shooting rampage Wednesday, according to Spokane police.

Robert D. Lee, 18, Kainoa A. Adams, 19, and Samuel D. Salsbury, 19, are accused of shooting at least five pedestrians with paintballs. Multiple reports were received by police Wednesday afternoon of a truck driving up to pedestrians at north Spokane locations, including the Shadle and Hillyard neighborhoods, and shooting them.

Officers stopped the vehicle near 2200 E. Queen Ave. and arrested the three suspects. The officers found a paintball gun and a large quantity of paintballs in the truck.

At least one victim received medical treatment for his injuries, according to police.

The three were booked into Spokane County Jail. Each faces five counts of third-degree assault.

Police believe there are additional victims and are asking anyone who was shot with paintballs Wednesday but not interviewed by police to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

Chelsea Bannach

Woman shot in head still in critical condition

A woman shot in the head Wednesday night at a party in Spokane where a man was showing off his handgun remains hospitalized in critical condition.

The 20-year-old woman, whom police have not identified, is not expected to live.

Emergency crews delivered her to a local hospital before police arrived around 11:30 p.m. at the home near 1300 E. Newark Ave.

Detectives said a 20-year-old man is suspected of firing the gun by accident and shooting the woman, according to a police news release. Alcohol appears to be a factor.

No arrests have been made, according to Spokane police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe. Detectives are investigating the shooting as negligent handling of a firearm and seized the handgun as evidence.

Nicole Hensley

Woman hit, killed by train in Sandpoint

A train struck and killed a 28-year-old woman walking along the railroad tracks in Sandpoint early Thursday, according to Idaho State Police.

She has been identified as Erin M. Likkel, of Huntsville, Ala. A BNSF employee spotted her body and luggage around 2:50 a.m. in the track’s right of way about 200 feet west of the Amtrak depot.

Sandpoint police do not believe Likkel’s death was a suicide. She had an Amtrak train ticket purchased for North Dakota. They believe she had been visiting family in Idaho for the holidays and was trying to catch her train when she was struck.

Nicole Hensley


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