Spokane Police Investigate Apparent Accidental Shooting

Monique Cotton, Director of Communication and Public Information, 509.363.8285

Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 4:24 p.m.

Spokane Police respond to and investigate what is believed to be an accidental shooting. The incident occurred late this afternoon in North Spokane. The teenage victim has been transported to the hospital with a potentially life-threatening injury. The individual believed to be the shooter (also a teenager) has been identified and is in contact with police. The investigation is on-going.

Today, 10/5/2014, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Spokane Police received a report of a shooting in the 1700 block of E. Vanetta. Officers responded to the scene approximately 3 minutes after the initial call and located a male with a gunshot wound to the chest. Ofc. Shane Phillips immediately rendered aid to the teenage victim. The teen was transported to a local hospital with a potentially life-threatening injury.

Responding officers quickly located and contacted the individual who is believed to have shot the victim, also a teenage male.

Although the investigation is on-going, officers believe the shooting was accidental. Initial information indicates the teens were playing with a gun and believed the chamber of the gun was empty.

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