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Police arrest suspect responsible for random shootings

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police have arrested 43-year-old Brice W. Bailey for two shootings between late Sunday night and early Monday morning.

The two shootings occurred within about 20 minutes of each other.

The first shooting happened around 11:40 p.m. on 7th and Thierman in Spokane Valley.

A citizen reported being shot at by a man driving past.

The victim called police and reported not knowing the suspect and denied any confrontation or involvement with him prior to the shooting.

The victim provided police with detail of the suspect and the vehicle he was driving. The suspect was gone when deputies arrived.

About 20 minutes later around 12:01 a.m. Monday, police were called to the 1300 block of East Sprague on a possible shooting.

When detectives arrive they found a 16 year old male out front of the Bel Air motel with a gun shot wound to the back of his head.

The victim was treated on scene and transported to the hospital with very life threatening critical injuries.

There were no witnesses to this shooting and the victim was not able to be identified at that time.

Major crimes took over the investigation and learned where the victim had been and identified him .

Detectives obtained video surveillance from the Hell's Angels bar nearby which showed the shooting and the vehicle the suspect was driving.

Detectives say on the video it did not appear there was any confrontation or much of an interaction at all between the suspect and victim before the shooting.

The dispatcher who received details from the shooting on Thierman as well as the shooting on Sprague helped police identify that the two incidents were likely related.

After comparing the statement from the first victim to the surveillance video of the second shooting, police determined they were looking for a 2006-2009 Kia Rio with Idaho plates.

Due to the seemingly random and serious nature of the shootings, all major crimes personnel were immediately assigned to the case.

Detectives were able to find one match in their database of a silver 2007 Kia Rio registered to Brice W. Bailey.

Bailey's local address was on Maxwell in Spokane.

Detectives found the vehicle in question outside the address and obtained search warrants for both the apartment and the car.

In Wednesday, January 11, a large amount of officers and Swat surrounded Bailey's residence to safely apprehend him and Bailey was arrested with out incident.

Police found evidence of the crimes as well as methamphetamine in his home and vehicle.

The first victim was able to identify Bailey as the person who shot at him late Sunday night on Thierman.

Bailey was currently wanted by the department of corrections for a warrant and was not supposed to be carrying or owning any firearms.

The suspect has a history of at least ten prior felony convictions, a majority of which are drug related, and some burglary related.

Brice W. Bailey is being charged with first degree assault, first degree attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance.