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Authorities identify Loon Lake shooting suspect

Authorities today released the name of a man suspected in a Loon Lake shooting that left one person in critical condition.

Stevens County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Matthew Richmond, 26, of Loon Lake, on suspicion of first-degree assault, and booked him into Stevens County Jail. Authorities say a “confrontation over driving issues” led to the Friday shooting and that several shots were fired at the 26-year-old victim’s vehicle.

The unidentified victim suffered a single gunshot wound to his shoulder and was airlifted to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center. He underwent surgery and is now in stable condition.

Authorities say just before 8:30 p.m. on Friday, someone at the Loon Lake Saloon and Grill called sheriff’s deputies to report a gunshot victim had come in seeking help. Deputies and emergency medical personnel responded.

Richmond also reported the incident and met with deputies at the location of the shooting, near the intersection of Highway 292 and Maple Street.