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Coworkers remember East Central shooting victim as a hard worker, good father

SPOKANE, Wash. - "Who could've done this? How could this have happened? And why? It's totally senseless."

The sadness of Sunday's fatal shooting in East Central Spokane still hasn't worn off for David Johnson.

"It hasn't hit home for anybody here yet," David told KXLY. "It's shocking. Just complete shock."

David said that's because his friend and coworker, Jason Allison, was the man who lost his life in that shooting Sunday night. The two worked together for the last six years at the Iron Corporation, where Jason is remembered as a hard-working father who tried his best to provide for his two young daughters as a roofing and steel metal worker.

"He was an incredibly hard worker, but more than that, he was an extremely funny person. Very personable. Pretty much everybody that I've ever known that knew him, liked him alot," David said. "But the most important thing that I would say about Jason, is he was a good father."

Neighbors told KXLY they weren't shocked to hear gunshots Sunday night, but what makes this loss even more difficult for David is the fact that he can't figure out why Jason was in East Central in the first place. He said Jason was bowling with coworkers in Post Falls, where he lived, the night of the shooting.

"I just know that he was alive at 9:30 at the bowling alley, and by 10:30, he had been shot," David said. "We have no idea why, why it was there, why he was there, or what this could've possibly entailed."

As David grapples with those questions, police continue to investigate the fatal shooting and ask anyone with information to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233. 


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