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Men in ski masks suspected of shooting man in downtown Spokane

UPDATED: Tue., July 21, 2020

Police suspect men in ski masks shot a man Monday around 11 p.m. near the intersection of East Spokane Falls Boulevard and North Division Street.

Responding officers found the man lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound in his foot, a Spokane Police Department news release said. .

According to the wounded man, his friends had just left a nearby Chili’s restaurant when a car pulled up and two men got out. An argument broke out between the two men and the victim’s group of friends. The release did not specify what the men argued about.

The group of friends started walking away, the victim said. Then they noticed the men from the car were wearing full ski masks. This alarmed the group and they started running, according to the release.

A witness said she saw the argument and saw the victim’s group running away from the two men through the Best Western parking lot and jumping a chain link fence into an empty lot, the release said.

As the victim jumped the fence, the witness heard a gun fire and saw the man had been shot. The suspects fled the scene as the victim’s friends carried him to Fast Eddie’s Pub, where they asked for help, the release said.

Responders transported the man to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police found two 9 mm spent shell casings in the Best Western parking lot.

SPD is asking people who have information about the case to call Crime Check at (509) 456-2233 referencing case number 2020-20124388.

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