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Camas man accused in assault, drive-by shooting

By , Columbian staff reporter
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Updated: January 26, 2023, 7:16am

A Camas man is accused of shooting into a truck full of people, including a former girlfriend, after an early morning drug deal went wrong.

Skyler D. Brooks, 25, appeared Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree domestic violence assault and drive-by shooting. His bail was set at $100,000, and he is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 3.

Vancouver police responded at about 4:30 a.m. Jan. 14, to the Village Vendor convenience store at 16313 S.E. First St.

Officers determined a woman and two men arrived at the parking lot in a pickup to meet with the woman’s former boyfriend, identified as Brooks, to buy drugs, according to a probable cause affidavit. Police say the woman told them they arranged to buy methamphetamine from Brooks, but he instead gave them a small bag of cocaine.

When he told her he gave them cocaine, the woman said she became upset and slapped Brooks. The woman’s friend then began to drive the truck away, and Brooks jumped into the bed of the truck, court records state.

She said she turned around and saw Brooks pointing a gun with a green beam on it at her head and she ducked down to the floorboards. The woman and one of her friends reported hearing several shots fired as the other man continued driving the truck west of Southeast First Street.

Eventually, the driver lost control of the pickup and crashed into a telephone pole. The woman and one of the men ran from the truck and said they could no longer see Brooks. The other man in the truck also got out but couldn’t run away because he was injured in the crash, the affidavit states.

When officers arrived, they found a 9 mm gun with a green laser on the dashboard in front of the windshield. They also found 9 mm shell casings in the bed of the truck, court records state.

Police could not locate Brooks when they arrived. Court records indicate he was booked into the Clark County Jail on Monday but do not detail the circumstances of his arrest.

Two of the occupants of the truck were taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center to be evaluated, but no one was injured by the gunfire, according to the affidavit.

Officers reviewed surveillance video from the convenience store, which they said matched the victim’s descriptions of the incident. They also reviewed text messages between the woman and Brooks detailing their plans to meet, court records state.

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