September 10 – Two more people were arrested this week in connection with a series of drive-by shootings that left a woman paralyzed in Spokane this spring.
Zachary D. Seeton, 23, was charged with two counts of drive-by shooting and one count of first-degree assault. Seeton first appeared in court on Wednesday.
A police report in Spokane said a boy, whose name was not disclosed because he is a minor, is facing the same charges.
Additional charges are pending and detectives have gathered information that suggests Seeton and the boy may also be involved in other shootings.
Gregory T. Lynch, 20, was arrested in early May on suspicion of drive-by shooting and assault shortly after the shooting.
Three shootings took place on the night of May 2 and another happened the following night.
On May 24, police claimed Seeton was involved in an altercation, discharged a firearm and was arrested for gunfire, according to court documents.
The Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory has determined that the shell casings fired on May 24 match the shell casings at each of the May 2 shooting scenes, documents say. The crime lab said two firearms, including Seeton’s pistol, were used in the three shootings based on markings on the casings.
A witness told police that just before the shooting on May 2, Seeton was in a home with Lynch and two boys. Seeton “showed off” a black pistol, the witness said.
The first shooting was reported shortly after 10:30 p.m. on May 2 on Dalton Avenue and Helena Street in northeast Spokane, according to documents. Video surveillance of a resident shows a dark SUV shooting at another dark SUV. In the intersection were three 9 mm bullet casings. A parked vehicle was hit by gunshots.
About 35 minutes later, multiple residents and video surveillance reported shots had been fired from a dark-colored SUV on the 1900 block of West Knox Avenue, court documents said. An empty parked vehicle was hit several times. Eighteen 9 mm shells were found on the street.
About 30 minutes later, at 11:45 PM, a shooting was reported on the 1800 block of East Dalton Avenue, two blocks from the first shooting, documents said.
A witness told police that Lynch had sent a Facebook message two hours before the shooting asking for the witness’s location. The witness said in documents that he did not respond.
There was a knock on the door and the witness, who was not expecting anyone, asked who was there, the court records said. The man outside the door asked if the witness was inside before opening fire on the home.
Daisy Brough was struck by a bullet and paralyzed from the chest, documents say. Brough’s daughter slept in the living room next to where she was shot. Eighteen 9mm casings were also found at the crime scene.
Another shooting was reported May 3 in the area of Liberty Avenue and Madelia Street — the same neighborhood of the Dalton shootings the previous night.
A witness told police that a bullet came from a newer white SUV and hit the witness’s car. The SUV hurtled past her location as if chasing another vehicle, the witness said.
A black SUV crashed into a curb two blocks away on Dalton and Perry Street, court records said. The vehicle, a 2012 Nissan Rogue, was registered to Lynch.
The driver and passenger of the Nissan ran away and the passenger was detained, documents say. The passenger told police that the driver was Lynch. A detective found 9mm casings in the car.
Lynch, who has three convictions for assault, was arrested on May 4 in an apartment in the West Central Neighborhood.
Lynch told police he was not involved in the shooting, but then said a third person in his vehicle shot off. Finally, he said he shot a white SUV from his vehicle that fired at him. Police said in documents it appeared that Lynch’s vehicle had been shot down.
Seeton told police he bought the gun seized after the May 24 altercation and would not allow anyone else to use it. Seeton said he was extremely drunk on the night of May 2 and does not remember what happened. He said someone could have taken his gun from him without his knowledge.
Seeton remained in jail Friday on $750,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear on September 20 before Supreme Court Justice Tony Hazel.
Lynch was charged with four counts of drive-by shooting, first-degree assault and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Lynch remained in jail Friday on $800,000 bail and will appear in court on October 10 for Hazel.