Police respond to shots fired call near the 3200 block of East 18th St.; no one hurt

No victim or evidence found, official says later

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Beginning about 9:54 p.m. Wednesday, 911 dispatchers received several calls of a disturbance with a weapon and shots fired in the 3200 or 3300 block of East 18th Street, near Grand Boulevard. Dispatchers were told that a caller said something to the effect that "someone is going to die."

The first Vancouver police officers arrived in about one minute, reported seeing a large group of people outside and said they were being flagged down.

Police radioed that a man had fired two shots with a small-caliber gun, and the man had fled.

Officers blocked the road, looking for shell casings.

After several minutes, officers radioed that they hadn't found any victim of a shooting.

At 11 p.m., a 911 dispatcher said no one was believed hurt and nothing was found.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.

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