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Man accused in March shooting surrenders

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A man turned himself in early Friday for a Spokane shooting that injured two people, including a 6-year-old girl.

Abubakar Samura, 21, was booked into jail on two counts of first-degree assault, authorities said.

“The gang task force credited the community for helping investigators to remain focused on locating Samura, and at the same time, to develop new information regarding the case,” said Matthew Rose, a Spokane Police Department spokesman. “This unyielding focus likely led to Samura turning himself in.”

On March 4, police say, several bullets from Samura’s gun struck a home in the 1800 block of East Fourth Avenue. One bullet lodged inside the girl’s foot while she was inside the home.

Matthew W. Woods, 23, was shot in the legs and back. Both survived and are recovering, police said.

Woods was at the home with a friend about 8 p.m. when he heard someone from a home nearby, in the 300 block of South Pittsburg Street, yell what he understood to be a derogatory statement about their gang, police said. Woods and his friend went to find out what was happening; Woods was shot in the leg, then the shooter fired several more times as he ran to a nearby home.

Three witnesses granted anonymity by police identified Samura as the gunman, according to a previous news report. Police found a revolver in an alley near the home on South Pittsburg. Samura is a refugee from Liberia.

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