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Shooting victim ID’d; clues still sought

UPDATE: Three people have been arrested. Read more here.

A 23-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his upper left thigh during a part in South Spokane County last week.

Detectives with the Spokane County gang and major crimes units say they were hampered by a non-cooperative victim, identified in court documents as Christopher M. Comer, and uncooperative witnesses.

Comer's wife, Christina Pearson, called 911 about 1:39 a.m. Sunday and said her husband had been shot. She said she was unsure of her exact location, but sheriff's deputies located the home at 16016 S. Molter Road after responding to the area of Molter and Elder Road.

Comer was lying on the back outside stairs; Pearson said she was "extremely drunk" and that she and Comer had been driven to the party, and that she "could not remember anything prior to hearing a 'pow' and going outside," according to a search warrant.

She found Comer bleeding on the stairs and a black man standing near him holding what she soon determined was likely a gun. The man hit Comer in the head, causing a large laceration, Pearson told police.

But Pearson had a bloody nose, cuts on her nose, bruises on her right arm, side and back and blood on her clothes, along with "an old healing black eye," according to the search warrant , which was used to seize items from the home, including shot gun pellets, cell phones, a digital camera and a box of shotgun shells.

"Pearson said that she must have been in a fight with someone recently but could not remember who or where," according to the warrant. "Pearson said that she didn't know who lived at the house and did know anyone who was there at the time of the shooting."

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233.

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