Spokane police use bullet casings from various shooting scenes to identify suspect


SPOKANE, Wash. – Police identified the suspect in several recent shootings by finding matching casings at the various scenes.

Gregory Lynch, 20, was arrested Wednesday in connection with four separate shootings earlier this week.

The first shooting took place Monday near Dalton and Helena. According to court documents, a neighbor’s CCTV showed someone in a dark-colored SUV shooting at another dark-colored SUV. Three casings bearing the hallmarks “JAG” and “9mm Luger” were found at the scene.

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The second shooting occurred about 40 minutes later near Knox and Elm. Several people reported hearing multiple gunshots from a dark-colored SUV. Court records show this was again confirmed by CCTV. Eighteen cartridge cases bearing the “JAG” and “9mm Luger” hallmarks were found at the scene.

The third shooting that night occurred just two blocks from the first. Court records show Gregory sent a Facebook message to a man who lived in the area asking where he was. The man did not answer, but said Gregory came knocking on his door about two hours later.

According to court records, Gregory fired from outside the front door.

A woman inside the house was beaten several times. Court records indicate that she is paralyzed by her injuries.

Police recovered 18 casings bearing the same hallmarks as earlier in the night.

Spokane police received reports of another shooting Tuesday night. This time it was near Liberty and Madelia and several callers reported seeing two cars running in the area.

A dark colored SUV was found crashed nearby and the driver fled the area.

A passenger was arrested and told officers that Gregory was the driver.

The car was seized and authorities located several 9mm casings. Three of the casings bore the hallmark “JAG” and “9mm Luger”.

Police learned Lynch was at an apartment in West Central on Wednesday evening. They surrounded the apartment and after three hours took Lynch into custody.

Court records show he initially denied involvement in any of the shootings, but later said someone in his car fired the shots. He then told police he fired a shot before crashing his car.

Agents told Lynch about the assorted casings from the various scenes. Lynch reportedly told police he bought the gun on Tuesday, but didn’t have it on Monday.

“He could not provide any contact information, other than a first name, of the person he purchased the weapon from,” court records say.

Lynch then told police he disassembled the gun and threw it in the river.

Police arrested Lynch on four counts of shooting while driving, first-degree assault and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

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