Suspect in deadly Spokane shooting now being investigated for 1st degree murder

Horning expected in court this afternoon
Suspect in deadly Spokane shooting now being investigated for 1st degree murder

UPDATE: Horning was initially charged with Murder 2nd Degree. However, on Monday, court documents showed that she is now being investigated for an upgraded charge of Murder 1st Degree.

ORIGINAL STORY: New court documents released on Friday paint a better picture of the shooting that allegedly left one woman dead yesterday and a young mother jailed for murder. Police say yesterday just before 9:30 a.m. they received a call that there had been a shooting in the 2100 block of East Cataldo Avenue. The caller said a woman had been shot.

The initial report said 25-year-old Ashley Horning was the shooter and that she was on the run. Officers entered the house of Gregory Powell and say he was the one who initially called 911. They found his mother, Christina Powell, laying on the living room floor with an injury and substantial bleeding. She was pronounced dead at 9:34 a.m.

Officers found out Horning had a no-contact order with Powell, who was the father of a child between them. Powell told police that he had been home in a back bedroom when he heard a knock on the door. He said he came out to see his mother approaching Ashley Horning, who was coming through the front door. She said something along the lines of, “I just want to talk to him.” Powell says hearing this he went back to his room to get a weapon. Before he could return to the living room he heard a gunshot.

Powell stepped back into the room and says he was Horning with a silver-colored revolver. He told police the gun was his. His mother reportedly asked him to call police and then collapsed to the floor.

Just about two hours later, another person Zachariah Gardner, called 911 to say that he was aware that police were looking for Horning and that he was with her at the Safeway at Mission Avenue and Hamilton Street. Gardener said he was in a romantic relationship with Horning and she called him when she was at the intersection of Stone and South Riverton — on a bench overlooking the Spokane River.

Horning told police when they arrived at the parking lot that she was suicidal and had blacked out that morning. She never denied shooting the victim but said it was possible that she did, but had no memory of it. She told police she threw the gun in the river where Gardner had picked her up. She later said the gun might be in a garbage can. Police have not yet recovered the weapon.

Horning made her first court appearance Friday afternoon. A judge set her bond at $1 million.

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