Police identify victims in shooting near WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — Pullman Police identified the two victims in the shooting near Washington State University early Saturday morning.

Police said Liban A. Barre, 23, was killed in the shooting. WSU student Brandon C. Gray, 22, was seriously injured, but is in stable condition.

Police arrested George Melvin Harris III, 23, for his alleged involvement in the shooting.

Police were called to the area of NE Myrtle St and NE McGee St for a report of a loud party with possibly 200 people present.

As officers approached, they heard multiple gunshots. The two victims were found wounded near Williams Drive and Lybeck Road.

Nick Gibson, a WSU journalism student, was walking home from a friend’s house nearby when he heard the gunshots.

“It’s overwhelming. You don’t enjoy seeing your peers like that, and this is something that isn’t really supposed to happen in Pullman. A lot of people don’t expect gun violence to hit a small town like this,” Gibson said.

Students Caitlin Donaldson and Ella Greenslade live right around the corner of where the shooting happened. They said they were woken up by the sound of gunshots.

“It’s pretty crazy. I never thought I’d see something like this and have it sort of right outside your window,” said Greenslade.

The two thought it was fireworks at first, but when they went outside and saw the commotion, they realized that it wasn’t fireworks.

People were on their lawn, and both Greenslade and Donaldson said they were trying to do what they can to help those people who were shocked at the gunshots they heard.

“You wouldn’t think this would happen in Pullman, like on the street next to you. This is unreal, and I feel like it would take a few days to sink in of what sort of actually happened,” said Caitlin Donaldson, a WSU student.

Officers performed life-saving measures on the victims before fire crews transported them to the hospital. Barre died at the hospital and Gray was transported to a Spokane hospital via Lifeflight.

Washington State Patrol Crime Lab authorities were dispatched to the area. Two guns were recovered from the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story. 

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