Two young suspects were arrested Sunday in connection to a shooting on Spokane’s South Hill that left a 19-year-old man in serious condition.
Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting in the area of 55th Avenue and South Crestline Street at 2:35 p.m., according to a sheriff’s office news release .
When they arrived on scene Spokane Police officers already had located a 19-year-old man in the front seat of his red Toyota Camry with a gunshot wound to his chest.
Officers began lifesaving measures and applied a chest seal before the victim was transported to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center where he remains in serious condition, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies learned a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old met with the victim to buy a vape pen on the 2700 block of East 55th Ave. according to the sheriff’s office.
The victim stayed in the vehicle and the two suspects approached the car before one of the men pulled a handgun and demanded the victim’s money and car, according to the sheriff’s office.
The victim didn’t think the pistol was real and started to drive away before hearing a gunshot and feeling pain in his chest, the sheriff’s office said. He continued driving before stopping his car and calling 911.
A doctor who lives in the area and bystanders helped the victim until police arrived, the sheriff’s office said.
After investigating, deputies obtained the names of two juvenile suspects and located them at a residence on the 6100 block of S. Pittsburg Street.
They were detained and taken to the Public Safety Building to meet Major Crimes detectives.
A search warrant was granted for the residence where the suspects were arrested.
Deputies found a semiautomatic handgun of the same caliber as the shell casings discovered at the scene of the shooting, according to the sheriff’s office.
Both suspects declined to answer questions or make statements to police but were eventually arrested for first-degree assault and robbery. They were booked into the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center.
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