Man arrested in alleged drug-deal shooting
A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday morning after police say he shot a woman last week during a drug deal gone bad.
Jahvory Kinard was booked into Spokane County Jail on assault and robbery charges, according to Spokane police. Kinard is suspected of shooting the 23-year-old victim more than once in the chest in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant during what she told police was a robbery attempt shortly before 8 p.m. Friday.
Spokane police Lt. Mark Griffiths said Thursday the victim arrived to buy $900 in prescription drugs from Kinard. He is the brother of Kenan Adams-Kinard, one of two 16-year-olds accused of beating World War II veteran Delbert Belton, 88, to death last year.
Griffiths said the arrest was based on evidence found in the car the shooting victim was driving at the time of the alleged crime, not Kinard’s associations.
“We do not target people individually,” Griffiths said. “This person committed a crime. We investigated the incident. The evidence has led to him as a suspect in this incident.”
Kinard, whom the victim only knew as “JV,” reportedly produced a gun and demanded cash. She resisted, and Kinard shot the woman, who then drove herself to another parking lot, according to investigators. She was picked up there and dropped off at Sacred Heart Medical Center.
It is not the first time Kinard is alleged to have pointed a gun, according to court documents.
In a case pending trial, Kinard and a taxi driver allegedly pointed weapons at each other during a confrontation in September 2012. The driver, who also shot at Kinard with a stun gun, said he was attempting to break up what he thought was an assault on a female member of the group, according to statements to police.
Griffiths said detectives searched a lower South Hill address where Kinard was apprehended Thursday morning.
Kinard could make his first court appearance on the assault and robbery charges as early as today.