Man Shot In Stomach Following Argument

SPOKANE VALLEY — An early morning shooting in a Spokane Valley 7-11 parking lot left one man in the hospital and three other men in police custody.

The incident got its start at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Puerta Vallarta Lounge on Sprague. Sheriff Deputies say that four men began arguing there before one of them took off in his car and the others followed.

Eventually the four men reached the parking lot of the 7-11 at Broadway and Park.

“While at this location, they had another fight – a verbal altercation, then a fight broke out and shots were fired,” Spokane Valley Police Department Lieutenant Steven Barbieri said. “One person was hit in the abdomen.”

That subject has been transported to a local hospital where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday morning. The gunman took off on foot, but SVPD personnel believe they tracked down and apprehended the man.

The alleged shooter has been identified as 43-year-old Cary Reaves, who was picked up on an outstanding warrant but had yet to be charged in connection with the shooting as of late Wednesday morning. Investigators said that Reeves likely faces some degree of assault charge.

Earlier, police arrested 52-year-old Michael Floyd for cocaine possession and an outstanding warrant and, though he was in the area of the shooting at the time, detectives don’t believe he was involved.

The two other men suspected of being involved in the argument were also taken into police custody.

Investigators are concerned that they had not been able to locate the pistol used in the shooting by mid-morning Wednesday. A search for the pistol was being undertaken by Department of Emergency Services personnel.

The department indicated that this was a priority in the case, saying “Centennial Middle School is nearby and police fear the missing firearm poses a significant risk should it be found by a child.”