SPD Responds to Shooting on 29th Avenue

Julie Humphreys, Communications Manager, 509.625.5868

Monday, May 1, 2023 at 4:57 p.m.

Update 5/3/23:

SPD officers and detectives have determined the weapon used to injure a driver and damage two vehicles traveling on 29th Ave on Monday was not a gun. Rather, it was likely an air powered weapon system. Two additional victims report being hit by a projectile on Monday in the same general area of the South Hill. One person reports his house was hit, another - his car. Investigators have recovered evidence that indicates the object involved was not a bullet but a small, possibly marble/glass type projectile, still capable of causing substantial bodily harm and property damage. SPD continues working to identify and locate a suspect/s. We ask with this new information that community members/parents contact Crime Check at 509-456-2233 if you have any information that may help identify a suspect.

Original Release 5/1/23:

Two people shot at while driving on 29th Ave – SPD searching for suspect

This afternoon – 05/01/23 – just before 2:30pm, SPD responded to calls from two separate drivers who said their vehicles were shot at while they drove along 29th Avenue on Spokane’s South Hill.  One person was hit and taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The other person was not hit but their vehicle was struck by gunfire. The incidents happened within an approximate 10 block stretch on 29th from Perry Street to the east and Manito Blvd to the west. The calls came in about a minute apart.

Several schools in the area were locked down for a short time and neighbors and others in the area were asked to shelter in place. At this early stage of the investigation it appears the shooting is random and the victims were not known to each other. 29th Ave. was shut down for a time while officers conducted an investigation. SPD has dedicated considerable resources to this incident and are working to identify and locate a suspect.  If you have any information about the shooting and have not already talked to police, you are urged to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233. This is an active and ongoing investigation.

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