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Police investigating shooting in hospital parking lot

Police investigating shooting in...

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - UPDATE: Coeur d'Alene Police have identified 61-year-old Steven Denson as the suspect in the shooting death of 37-year-old Kelly Pease. 

Police are looking to the public to help find him. He is believe to be armed and dangerous, 6 feet tall and 225 lbs. Denson was last seen driving a 2000 white Nissan Pathfinder with Washington plates AVA9015. If you see him, call 911. 

A warrant has been issued for his arrest charging him with first degree murder. 

Friends of Pease tell KXLY she was a nursing student at North Idaho College who did her clinicals at Kootenai Health. It's unknown if she was going to or from the hospital. 

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A Coeur d'Alene woman was shot and killed outside of Kootenai Health on Wednesday.

A hospital employee saw the victim in her car, and tried to help. 

“ [The employee] immediately started life saving measures but it quickly apparent that the female was deceased, and so we were called to the scene,” said CDA Police Detective Jared Reneau said

Police responded to the scene just before 3:00 p.m. Reneau said it appears as though the woman was shot in her car, but was unable to confirm that at the moment. 

The woman was shot in the head. At this time, police do not believe the wound was self-inflicted, and are seeking information on a suspect.

Reneau said the victim was from Coeur d'Alene, and was in her late-30's, but her identity has not been released.

“We're looking at surveillance video, we're contacting some friends and family of hers to identify some of the people that know her and speaking with her right now,” Reneau said.

He said they spoke to someone at the hospital,  who thought they had heard a gunshot Wednesday afternoon, but have not confirmed it. 

The hospital was not put into lock down during the incident, and police say they don't believe there is a threat to the community.

“In reviewing some of the surveillance video, we believe that anybody that may have had a part in this has left the area,” Reneau said.

With the scene canvassed, detectives are now sorting through all the evidence in search of any insight.

“We're working hard, detectives are poring over surveillance video and contacting other people that know the victim so we're working hard to try and find out and chase down any lead but I don't have any particular information to put out yet,” Reneau said.  


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