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19 arrested in gangs, drugs, guns sweep

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One man was targeted by gunfire twice in 5 weeks. Another already faces an attempted murder charge for a June shooting. And several others are alleged to have sold large quantities of crack cocaine and methamphetamine throughout Spokane.

Those men were among 19 suspects arrested today as part of an 18-month drug and firearms investigation targeting Spokane-area gangs.

The arrests are not connected to Tuesday’s homicide in the West Central neighborhood, nor to a gang shooting last month at Hoopfest.

“That’s an indication of the pervasiveness of the gang problem,” said Frank Harrill, agent in charge at the Spokane office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Above is video of the raids shot from a sheriff’s helicopter.

Attempted-murder charge filed in shooting

A 36-year-old Los Angeles man accused of a shooting in Spokane has been charged with attempted murder.

Andrew T. Burns is to be arraigned on the charge this afternoon in Superior Court. He was arrested on a first-degree assault charge June 3 after allegedly shooting Kenneth R. Grooms, 40, in a confrontation down the block from Grooms’ home near East Mallon Avenue and North Madelia Street.

Burns is a suspect in ongoing crack cocaine investigation. He was arrested in February in connection with the probe but has not been charged.

Past coverage:

June 5: Man held in shooting also suspect in ongoing drug case

Feb. 11: Cocaine bust targets gang members

Shooting suspect part of crack investigation

Although a shooting in northeast Spokane on Thursday likely wasn’t gang-related, the Los Angeles man accused in the incident was arrested earlier this year in a crack cocaine investigation targeting several gangs.

Members of one of the gangs, the Atlantic Drive Compton Crips, were allegedly involved in a January fatal shooting – the only homicide in the city of Spokane so far this year.

Andrew T. Burns, 36, is in jail on an assault charge after witnesses told police he fired at least three shots at Kenneth R. Grooms, 40.

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