Shots fired in dispute between neighbors

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.

There was a heavy police response this morning after a dispute between neighbors led to a shooting near York Elementary school. Photo by Jacob Granneman
There was a heavy police response this morning after a dispute between neighbors led to a shooting near York Elementary school. Photo by Jacob Granneman

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.

Armored CCSO vehicles responded to a shots fired call after a dispute between neighbors this morning near Northeast 91st Street and 152nd Avenue. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Armored CCSO vehicles responded to a shots fired call after a dispute between neighbors this morning near Northeast 91st Street and 152nd Avenue. Photo by Jacob Granneman

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.’”

Sergeant Craig Randall, Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Sergeant Craig Randall, Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Photo by Jacob Granneman

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.

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Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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