A Friday afternoon shooting in Vancouver’s Fourth Plain Village neighborhood had police rushing to multiple scenes with multiple witnesses.
Several 911 callers reported a shooting in the area near 2323 Neals Lane, just off East Fourth Plain Boulevard, at 2:48 p.m., with witnesses saying that gunshots were fired from a car, possibly a red Honda Civic, according to emergency radio traffic monitored by The Columbian.
Some suspects took off on foot and ran past a Thai restaurant, according to emergency radio traffic.
Police swarmed the scene and found a victim with a gunshot wound in his leg, who was taken to an area hospital, according to Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. Police described the victim as a 16-year-old with injuries that weren’t life-threatening who was being uncooperative, according to emergency radio traffic.
Several blocks of Neals Lane, where there’s a strip mall, were cordoned off by police.
It is unclear how many suspects there were, how many shots were fired and where. Five bullet casings were found in the area of St. Johns Boulevard and East 33rd Street, about a mile away from where the shooting was originally reported, Vancouver police Cpl. James Burgara said. Patrons of the nearby Rosemere Tavern heard gunshots, but emergency responders didn’t find a wounded victim.
Police believe the incidents may have been related.
Vancouver Public Schools spokeswoman Pat Nuzzo said that schools and buses were not impacted because of the timing.
Officers eventually detained two people, but hadn’t announced any arrests Friday night.
At 4 p.m. in downtown Vancouver, a 911 caller reported that someone was pointing a gun out of the window of a red Honda Civic. The car parked in front of the Clark County Courthouse, and the driver went inside the courthouse, Kapp said. When he came back outside the courthouse, police arrived and transported the driver to the Juvenile Justice Center. Kapp wasn’t sure how many people were inside the car, which was towed.
It’s also unclear whether the incident at the courthouse was related to the earlier shooting, or just happened to involve a similar vehicle. Friday night’s scattered crime scenes left detectives processing evidence and witness testimony through the evening. The Vancouver Police Department’s Safe Streets Task Force, which investigates gang crimes, is leading the investigation, Kapp said.