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Vancouver man in court in alleged drive-by shooting

By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Local News Editor
Published: March 3, 2023, 6:28pm

A Vancouver man who is accused of shooting at his girlfriend’s apartment in the Minnehaha area in December appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court.

Kirkland C. Warren, 27, is facing allegations of second-degree domestic violence assault, drive-by shooting, making a false statement, harassment and possession of a stolen firearm, between a series of alleged incidents.

Court records say he has an active case for murder and abuse of a corpse in Arkansas from 2018.

The prosecution said a danger assessment found Warren poses an “extreme risk” to the victim, with a score of 31 on a scale of 1 to 18.

Judge Suzan Clark set Warren’s bail at $100,000, citing the nature of the allegations and the open Arkansas case. He will be arraigned March 10.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Warren’s girlfriend called 911 on Dec. 23 to report he had choked her. At that time, she also reported he had shot at her Dec. 13 while a friend was at her apartment. She said her friend initially called 911, but she told her to hang up because she was too scared to report the shooting.

The friend told detectives she heard the couple screaming and arguing before the shooting. She rushed into the room and de-escalated the situation, she said, and told Warren it would be best if he left. She said he calmed down and took his belongings, the affidavit states.

Warren’s girlfriend told detectives he then texted her and said she better pick up, “I’m coming through spraying.” She looked out her balcony window, she said, and he drove by and fired one round at her, court records say. Detectives said they found a bullet hole in the ceiling of the deck.

The friend said she witnessed the victim gasp and run from the window, followed by the sound of a gunshot, according to the affidavit.

Cellphone records showed Warren was at his girlfriend’s apartment on the day of the shooting and when she reported the assault, court records state.

Detectives also noted a March 31, 2021, incident in which Warren allegedly provided false information on an application to purchase a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.