UPDATE: Aaron Cummings died from a gunshot wound to the chest in a gang-related shooting in Spokane on Sunday evening, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner and Spokane Police officials Monday. The prime suspect for the shooting is Salvador Rivera-Romero, a known gang member who's now wanted for first degree murder.
Police believe Rivera-Romero shot and killed Cummings at a home on the 1600 block of Spofford and Wall near North Central High School. Rivera-Romero was last seen around 6 p.m. Sunday leaving the scene in a dark colored Dodge Intrepid sedan. Police arrived a short time later but Rivera-Romero had already taken off. He remained at large Monday night.
Rivera-Romero is a convicted felon whose criminal history includes drug-related charges as well as a DUI out of Grant County.
Unfortunately, for several neighbors in the area, crime at the home where the shooting took place doesn't come as a surprise.
"The big city has come to Spokane. It's not a sleepy little town anymore," said Dave Stewart.
Stewart moved his daughter back home Monday, just one day after the shooting, since she lived across the street from what he described as a problem home.
"I'm really glad I'm moving her out of here because that's a little too close for comfort," Stewart continued.
For neighbors like Sarah, who asked that we not use her last name, crime at the home had also become a constant.
"The house over there, across the street, is probably a drug house," Sarah said.
In fact, Sara said, the SWAT team surrounded the same home in a standoff just last month.
"They were looking for somebody in a drug house across the street," Stewart added. "I was completely freaking out the first night when I came here and I couldn't even get to the house cause the police had the whole block blocked off."
As police continue to search for a killer and find out what led to a deadly shooting, Stewart and his family are leaving it all in their rear view mirror.
"It's too bad because, I mean, years ago this used to be a fairly decent neighborhood but it's just really gone down hill pretty rapidly."
Anyone with information about this deadly shooting is asked to call Crime Check at 456-2233.
UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Salvador Rivera Romero. Romero was last seen leaving the area in a dark colored Dodge Intrepid.
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Major Crimes Unit is investigating a homicide in north Spokane. According to officers one man was shot and killed just after 5:30 Sunday afternoon.
At this time the murderer remains at large, and police will not say if they have someone in mind. The shooting happened at a home near Spofford and Wall, several blocks away from North Central High School.
At least four people live at the home where the man, said to be in his mid to late 20's, was shot and killed. Three of those living at the home have been taken in for questioning. Police say they are not suspects, officers simply want to talk to them to get a better idea of what happened. A fourth person has not yet been located. It's not clear whether that fourth person is thought to be the murderer.
Neighbors say the people living at the home had run-ins with the law before and were not surprised to learn that someone had been shot and killed there. Police say they have been to the home several times before and have made arrests related to weapons violations, but would not go into specifics.
So far the identity of the man killed has not yet been released.