North Idaho

CDA shooting suspect identified

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The shooting suspect in Saturday's Coeur d'Alene shooting has been identified as 19-year-old Christian Nicholas Buquet.

Buquet has one previous adult arrest for attempted robbery in 2011.

The man Buquet shot has been identified as 29-year-old Frank James.

James underwent emergency surgery Saturday afternoon, and his condition is unknown. The man who shot James, was shot and killed by police after a five mile chase.

It all started Saturday at 11 a.m. in southeast Coeur d'Alene when police say the suspect shot James and then started randomly firing shots. 

A police chase ensued and ended at Higgins Point. The suspect opened fire on Coeur d'Alene police officers, and they shot back and killed the man.

It's still not clear why the man fired at James, or why he shot at other people on the street and officers while he was being chased.

New details emerge in CDA shooting

Den Flowers lives in the apartment complex across the street from the scene and came out to see what had happened.

"So I opened up my door and looked up the stairs and there's this guy with a gunshot (wound) in his chest and this crazy woman running around looking for a place to hide and they're saying there's a gunman outside," he said.

Flowers tried to keep the shooting victim calm as he sat in the hallway. He and others saw the shooter out of the car and walking toward their doorway. Den was also locked out of his apartment.

"At that point, I realized I was stuck in the hallway ready to die with the rest of them," he said.

Flowers says the shooter suddenly left. Flowers attributes the loud sirens heading toward the scene with saving him. The shooter's trail then headed east. 

"He had a lot of hatred in him," Danny Burke said about the look on the suspect's face.

Burke was walking his dog, when he saw a man driving through town at high speeds.

"I saw him speeding so I kind of 'mad-dogged' him for whipping through the intersection. 'Hey bud, slow down," Burke said. "He actually took the time to slow down and took a shot at me, with the police right behind him."

In the end, four crime scenes were identified. The suspect drove east down Lake Coeur d' Alene drive before stopping near East Yellowstone Trail. He opened fire on officers and they shot back and killed him.

Burke says he's happy the suspect was stopped before he could hurt anyone else, and happy to be alive.

"The passenger window was up and he blew the glass out which could have saved my life because he was 15 feet away," Burke said.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department has not released the suspect's name, as they continue to investigate.