January 16, 2013 in City

In brief: Suspect in murder in jail on $1 million

From Staff Reports

A man accused of shooting and killing a rival gang member faces a charge of first-degree murder and remains in jail on a bond of $1 million.

According to court documents, police believe Louis L. Hanson, 29, shot Aaron C. Cummings, 27, the night of Dec. 30 in order to maintain or advance his position in the hierarchy of his gang.

Witnesses were at first reluctant to name Hanson as the shooter and told police someone else was responsible for the crime. They recanted later.

Court documents said that on the night of the shooting Hanson visited a home at 1607 N. Wall St., where Cummings, also known as “Smiley,” was in the bedroom with other guests.

Witnesses heard Hanson ask Cummings if he was a member of a certain gang. When Cummings answered “Yes,” witnesses said Hanson jumped on Cummings and punched him several times in the face. Hanson then stepped back, pulled a revolver out of his pants and fired. He then fled with a woman who had arrived with him.

Cummings stumbled to the kitchen and collapsed, the documents say. An autopsy revealed Cummings died of a gunshot wound.

Juvenile arrested in Walgreens robbery

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a juvenile male in connection with a robbery Jan. 7 at Walgreens, 7905 N. Division St.

Deputies said an employee of the drugstore told them a man came into the store and asked to use the phone. The employee said she told him the phone was only to be used to report an emergency. The suspect walked to the alcohol section of the store and then hid a bottle of alcohol in his sweatshirt before pushing the employee down and running from the store, she told deputies.

After the suspect’s picture was released Monday, sheriff’s detectives received multiple calls about the suspect’s identity. He was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center on a charge of second-degree robbery.

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