Man pleads Guilty in multi-victim shooting in East Central
A man, charged in a gang-related shooting in which a 6-year-old girl was hit in the foot, pleaded guilty today in Spokane County Superior Court.
Abubakar Samura, 21, had been charged with two counts of first-degree assault following the March 4 shooting in the 1800 block of East Fourth Avenue. Today he pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault with firearms enhancements.
Matthew W. Woods, who was 23 at the time, suffered gunshot wounds to the legs and back. The girl, who was inside the house where the shooting took place, was struck by a stray bullet in the foot.
Spokane Police said that Woods was at the home with a friend when someone from a home nearby in the 300 block of South Pittsburg Street yelled a derogatory statement about Woods' gang.
The yelling led to a confrontation in which Samura shot Woods and then fired several more times as Woods ran to a nearby home.
Samura appeared today before Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza and pleaded guilty to the second-degree assault charges. Cozza set Samura's sentencing for Nov. 8 at 1:30 p.m.
The Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team would like to thank the community for its support during this investigation. During the investigation, numerous tips were provided to investigators. The leads generated from the community allowed investigators to remain focused on locating Samura, and at the same time, to develop new information regarding the case. This unyielding focus likely lead to Samura turning himself in.
This is yet another an example of the importance of the public to remain vigilant, and become involved in the safety and security of the community we all share.
Any persons with information related to this, or any other gang related incident, are encouraged to contact the Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team at:
509-625-GANG (4264), or online at www.stopspokanegangs.org.
As always, persons providing information can remain anonymous.