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Man, woman found dead from gunshots in Ridpath Club apartment

UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

The Ridpath Club Apartments are photographed May 31, 2018. Spokane police are investigating a shooting that left two dead inside a unit there. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
The Ridpath Club Apartments are photographed May 31, 2018. Spokane police are investigating a shooting that left two dead inside a unit there. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane police are investigating a shooting that left two dead inside the Ridpath Club Apartments, according to court records.

A man and a woman were found dead on July 3 in an apartment in the former hotel in downtown Spokane.

The bodies were identified as 32-year-old Joshua Bassett and 21-year-old Galina Hensz by the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Hensz’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head with the manner listed as homicide, according to the medical examiner. Bassett’s cause of death was also a gunshot wound and manner is listed as pending.

The bodies were found in Unit 1110 where Bassett lived with his girlfriend Hensz, who recently applied to be added to the apartment’s lease. A semi-automatic handgun was on the floor near the bodies, according to a July 8 search warrant.

Bassett’s mother, Tammy Naugle, reported her son missing on the morning of July 3 and had not heard from him since June 28, court documents say.

On June 28, a woman who lives in the unit next door to Bassett heard loud music and then a “muffled bang” that she said possibly was a gunshot followed by a second, similar sound louder than the first, according to a search warrant.

The woman saw a hole made by a “bullet or projectile” in the apartments’ shared wall, according to a search warrant. She reported the incident to the apartment manager but did not contact police.

Bassett’s mother told police she believed her son owned three handguns, but Bassett reported one of the guns stolen on May 20.

The couple got engaged in May, but Hensz did not show up at their planned wedding, a woman engaged to Bassett’s brother told police. The couple continued with their relationship and Bassett’s brother was worried he was suicidal, court records say. Bassett’s mother told police she didn’t think her son had been suicidal recently but had been in 2017.

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