Vancouver police late Thursday were searching for two men in connection with a shooting or shootings that injured two other men, one critically and perhaps fatally.
About 8:42 p.m. Thursday, officers were called to the Springfield Meadows apartments at 4317 N.E. 66th Ave., just north of state Highway 500 and west of Andresen Road. One shooting victim was found there, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.
Officers and a tracking dog also were searching nearby Jaggy Road Park, just east of Andresen and west of the mall, for two men and possible evidence. They later taped off the area.
Witnesses reported hearing at least three shots at the park. Police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said it appeared that the man had been shot around the park and then ran across Andresen to the apartment complex. He had been communicating with police when he was taken to the hospital.
About 8:52 p.m., officers radioed that a second man had shown up at Southwest Washington Medical Center with a gunshot wound. Officers were asking what sort of vehicle that shooting victim had arrived in, but it wasn’t immediately reported.
That apparent shooting victim had been found in bushes outside the medical center after approaching a nurse and asking for help, according to preliminary indications.
Officers radioed that the hospital was being shut down as they sorted out what was happening there.
Just after that, an ambulance paramedic radioed that his team was transporting someone with a gunshot wound to the head, who had no pulse and no blood pressure. Paramedics had been performing CPR on that victim for the past 10 minutes, according to emergency radio traffic.
It wasn’t clear if the two shootings were related, but Kapp said the suspects and victims are believed to have known each other.
No detailed descriptions of the two alleged assailants were immediately available, just men wearing hooded sweatshirts.
Detectives were actively working the crime scene late Thursday night.
Witnesses of the incident or anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 911.
John Branton: 360-735-4513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.