Deputies search for suspects after shooting in Vancouver

By Bob Albrecht, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: June 28, 2011, 2:22 PM

 
photoPolice tape is stretched across a cul-de-sac where a shooting took place at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
10015 N.E. 72nd Circle

Police are searching for two men believed to have been involved in a shooting this morning at a home in the Sunnyside neighborhood, north of Vancouver, that resulted in one man being transported to an area hospital with a single gunshot wound.

A 33-year-old male was transported to Southwest Washington Medical Center shortly after shots were fired at 11 a.m. at a rental house at 10015 N.E. 72nd Circle. The man underwent surgery and was described by a Clark County Sheriff’s Office spokesman as “stable.” The victim's name has not been released.

SWAT officers from the sheriff’s office and Vancouver Police Department descended on the neighborhood to search for two suspects, described as Hispanic men, ages 30-32, wearing dark clothing. The first was 5 feet, 3 inches, 180 pounds; the second was 5 feet, 8 inches, 180-200 pounds.

A daycare shares the cul-de-sac with the home where the shooting took place. No children were believed to have been outside at the time of the shooting.

“We had them in lockdown as soon as this happened,” Schanaker, the sheriff’s spokesman, said.

SWAT officers spent more than an hour spread throughout the Sunnyside neighborhood with rifles drawn. One stood in the back of an older model orange pickup truck peering over a fence. Another was positioned near Northeast Covington Road.

As of about 1 p.m., SWAT officers had cleared the scene; the suspects remain at large. They may be armed.

Schanaker said the suspects are known to the victim, but he could not provide details on the nature of any relationship. He said investigators have not arrived at a possible motive for the shooting.

It was not known how many shots were fired.

The house was believed at the time of the shooting to have been occupied by the victim, the victim’s wife and the two suspects. Neighbors told police they saw the suspects flee the home on foot.

Investigators were expected to remain on scene for several hours gathering evidence.