SPOKANE, Wash.—Police released new details Monday about a deadly Sunday night shooting near Garfield and 25th that left one man dead. Sources said the gunman was waiting inside the home when the victim and his wife returned from an outing. The victim was shot and killed in his kitchen.
Police said the suspect fled the scene in a van. Authorities released video of a white van near the scene. Officers said a neighbor's security camera caught the images. Police described the van as an early 2000s model Dodge with an extended cab. Anyone with information about the van is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.
Officers held a press conference at 11:40 a.m. Monday where they stated the shooting was not random. Police said the victim was likely targeted. However, detectives said it was too early to tell whether the victim knew the suspect.
The victim’s wife called 911 on Sunday around 7 p.m. according to officers. Police arrived to find her husband dead from an apparent gunshot. Authorities said the victim was shot multiple times.
The victim's wife told authorities that she was upstairs hiding in a closet when she heard six gunshots. She said she last saw the gunman in their kitchen with a handgun. She described the shooter as wearing all black but told police she had no idea who the gunman was.
A K9 unit was brought to the scene Sunday evening, but authorities were unable to locate the suspect.
Police patrolled near Hutton Elementary School Monday as long as the investigation was active. Officers said there was possible evidence in the park near the school. As a precaution, extra security guards were expected to be at the school.
Neighbors were shocked when they heard the news of the shooting.
"Nobody heard anything. When I came home, I went out to ask what was going on and I could smell gunpowder in the air," said one neighbor.
"This kind of stuff just doesn't happen in our neighborhood. It is such a peaceful, quiet neighborhood, always has been," said a different neighbor.
Those close with the victim and his wife asked KREM 2 News not to identify neighbors so they could protect the victim's identity. They said the couple owned a construction company and moved to Spokane a few years ago from Moses Lake.
They added the couple kept mostly to themselves but said the home was family oriented; family came and went often. They reportedly have several grandchildren.