SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -

A killer is on the loose and a southwest Spokane community is shocked by the death of a neighbor, killed in his own home.

Even worse, a child was in the home at the time of the murder.

That child called a relative who asked deputies to come to the home in the 16,000 block of South Keeney, a few miles off highway 195 and Paradise Road.

Spokane County Sheriff's deputies aren't sure who did this, but say it doesn't appear to be a random act of violence and believe the victim knew his attacker.

An otherwise peaceful morning in a quiet neighborhood, shaken by violence.

"It's a little bit strange to think about somebody being killed,” said neighbor Mike Young. “This is not the neighborhood where you'd expect that.”

Young is known as the "mounted patrol" by his neighbors because he rides his horse up and down the neighborhood roads.

“[I] kind of keep an eye on things, see what's happening,” said Young.

Even Young was shocked to learn one of his neighbors was killed just minutes from Young's home.

“It's pretty surprising, but we live in the country. We're armed,” said Young.

Deputies came to the house near Stutler and Keeney roads around 7:20 Tuesday morning.

Inside, they found signs of a fight and a man with severe injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators say a child was home at the time. That child was uninjured and didn't witness the attack.

Now, a killer is on the loose.

“We do not believe that this was a random act,” said Spokane County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Gregory. “We do believe that the suspect knew the victim.”

Still, neighbors are uneasy, knowing such violence happened so close to home.

“We don't feel like most of Spokane is real safe, which is one of the reasons we live out here because the crime is so low out here,” said Young.

Investigators will likely be out at the crime scene through Tuesday night. They will be processing the scene and collecting evidence.

They have not released the victim's name, but are now looking into his background to see who may have done this.