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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

Two shootings Friday unrelated

The Spokane Police Department Major Crimes detectives are investigating two shootings that took place on Friday but do not believe they are connected. Police were called to the Sacred Heart Hospital Emergency Room just before 8:30 p.m. Friday after hospital workers reported that a woman with multiple gunshot wounds to her chest had been dropped off. The woman was able to give some information to police, which led them to the crime scene at the Wendy’s parking lot on Division Street just north of North River Drive, said Major Crimes Lt. Mark Griffiths. The woman’s car was found in the Zip’s parking lot several blocks north of the crime scene. “We have not had an opportunity to interview her fully,” Griffiths said. The woman, whom police are not naming, is expected to survive. The second shooting was reported by a neighbor who heard a gunshot just before 10 p.m. at 2228 N. Astor St. Police discovered a man dead from a gunshot wound when they arrived, Griffiths said. His identity will be released after an autopsy is complete. Police are not releasing suspect information for either shooting but the incidents are not random, said Griffiths. Witnesses are still being interviewed. “We believe the victims and the perpetrators are known to each other,” he said. “There were multiple people involved in both incidents. We are investigating everybody who could be connected.”