Major Crimes detectives are working to find the gunman who forced their way into a South Hill home Sunday night and shot and killed the homeowner.
The shooting happened at a residence in the 2500 block of Garfield near the intersection of 25th and Garfield at 7 p.m. Sunday. The homeowner was apparently watching television when the intruder, described only as a white male, forced his way into the home and gunned the homeowner down in his dining room.
The victim has been identified as 63-year-old Douglas Carlile. The Spokane County Medical Examiner's office listed gunshot wounds as his cause of death.
Carlile's wife went upstairs and called 911; while she was on the phone she heard the gunfire downstairs.
Within moments of the shooting, Spokane Police officers flooded the neighborhood and attempted to save the homeowner, giving him CPR until paramedics arrived but the victim died inside the home.
After the shooting the police perimeter expanded in all directions, with many people afraid to answer their doors as police flashlights lit up their yards searching for the killer.
Residents were asked to stay in their homes and lock their doors as the search rolled through front and backyards across the neighborhood. Kathleen Ribard has lived for 43 years across the street from the home where the fatal shooting happened. Never has she had to worry about a gunman on the loose until Sunday night.
"There's kind of a sadness about what's happening to the neighborhood sort of thing," she said.
Grant Spearman woke up to police pounding on his door telling him what happened and asking him to stay in his house.
"Just the thought of an armed intruder coming into your home is pretty alarming," he said.
"It's kind of shocking. It's a real tragedy for the family," Spearman added.
Police brought in a K-9 team to attempt to track the suspect but were unsuccessful in locating him. The dog tracked the suspect through a neighbor's back yard and across the Hutton Elementary School campus, where the suspect was spotted on surveillance video. The track went cold along Rockwood Boulevard.
"We've conducted a K-9 search of the area for any possible suspects and the investigation is ongoing," Spokane Police Lieutenant Justin Lundgren said.
Detectives with the police department's major crimes unit are investigating the shooting. Captain Joe Walker held a press conference near the shooting scene and said the shooting "doesn't appear to be random."
"I want everybody to know that early indications right now are that is this appears to be not a random attack but rather the victim was targeted," he added.
While detectives believe the shooting wasn't random, police have not released any further information about the gunman, their relationship to the victim or any possible motive behind the shooting.
Hutton Elementary School, located near the home where the shooting happened and along the suspect's egress route, was on modified lockdown Monday. Recess was held indoors at the school, an additional school resource officer was there throughout the day Monday, with more officers on-hand at pick-up and drop-off times.
Surveillance footage of vehicle of interest released by Spokane Police
Monday afternoon police released surveillance footage of what they are calling a vehicle of interest. The surveillance footage was taken from a home along Rockwood Blvd. Detectives say the vehicle appears to be an early 2000's model Dodge extended cab van. Anyone with information on this vehicle is also asked to call Crime Check.