No one was injured, but nearby York Elementary was put into lockdown
VANCOUVER — York Elementary School in the Evergreen School District was placed on lockdown briefly this morning, following a dispute between neighbors that turned into a shooting nearby.
Sergeant Craig Randall with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office says there has been an ongoing dispute between neighbors along Northeast 91st Street, just east of 152nd Avenue.
“This morning there was an argument between the guy from 15204 and the first one from 15208,” Randall said, referring to house numbers. “It escalated to the point where 04 says ‘he shot at me.’”
Deputies responded with armored vehicles and SWAT just before 8:30 a.m., while the nearby elementary went into lockdown and diverted arriving students, many of whom walk to school from nearby homes.
Sgt. Randall said the alleged shooter initially denied firing a shot, which apparently missed the victim’s leg, leaving a hole in his pants, but they later determined it did happen. The suspect was taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. and the lockdown was lifted at York.
“We’re going to be recovering the weapon after a search warrant for the car to get it,” said Randall, “because he said ‘yes, it’s in the car.’”
According to people who live in the area, this is not the first time these neighbors have fought, or the first time a weapon was involved. One commenter indicated the previous incident involved the victim in this case shooting at the other, though that detail was not confirmed by sheriff’s deputies.
Randall said the man who opened fire would likely be facing a first degree assault charge in the case.
This story will be updated as more information is made available.