From staff reports
Police are searching for a man suspected of shooting his wife and stepdaughter early Tuesday morning at their home in Airway Heights.
Both shooting victims underwent surgery Tuesday and, according to family members, were alert and talking. Police and hospital officials have declined to disclose the condition of the victims as the search for 38-year-old suspect Zion J. Carter remains active.
Police are recommending two counts of attempted murder against Carter.
The shooting occurred about 3 a.m. at 1013 S. Aspen Court, less than three blocks from the Airway Heights police station, said Airway Heights Police Sgt. Jake Keith.
Police believe Carter fled the scene in a 2007 Nissan Rogue, license plate BQT0555. There were no reports that he had been found by 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, and the Airway Heights Police Department shared a post again asking for tips on Carter’s location around 7 p.m.
Carter is Black, 6-feet, 7-inches tall and weighs 250 pounds. He has long hair with dreadlocks, police said.
Police ask anyone who sees Carter to call 911 and not approach him. They consider him armed and dangerous.
Spokane County Sheriff’s major crimes detectives and crime scene technicians were expected to be at the scene for much of the day Tuesday, Keith said.
Keith declined to give additional information on the status of the investigation Tuesday.
Carter and his wife were married this spring.
KREM reported that Carter was released from prison in March.
Citing the Washington State Department of Corrections, the station said Carter’s criminal history dates back to 1999 and includes charges of robbery, assault, custodial assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.
This was the second high-profile domestic-violence attack of a mother and child in the Spokane area in the past few months.
In April, Kassie Dewey was stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend, Joshua Phillips, police have said. They said Dewey’s 5-year-old daughter, Lilly Schmidt, was also stabbed and seriously injured but survived.
Spokane County in 2017 had the highest domestic violence rate in Washington, with nearly double the incidents per 1,000 residents as the state average.
The Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Coalition in May laid out a five-pronged, five-year approach to stopping domestic violence.
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