A shooting between two men early Friday morning, June 17, brought local police and emergency medical services to the area of the 200 block of Lincoln Street and the 900 block of Eklund Avenue in Hoquiam, according to Hoquiam Police Department Deputy Chief Joe Strong.
“At 6:54 a.m., officers and aid were dispatched to the Circle K on Lincoln Street regarding a male subject with a gunshot wound to the abdomen,” Strong said to The Daily World.
Strong said Aberdeen Police Department personnel also responded to assist with the incident, which started elsewhere in the area.
“Upon arrival of police units, they found employees inside the Circle K, providing first aid to a (man) who had collapsed on the ground,” Strong said.
The preliminary investigation “indicates,” an altercation occurred at a single-family home within the 900 block of Eklund Avenue, which sits across the street from Circle K, according to Strong.
“(There,) another male subject had minor facial injuries,” Strong said. “(The) extent of (his) injuries are unknown at this time.”
The scene, which spans less than a football field, according to Google Maps, was secured by APD and HPD officers as both men were transported to Harbor Regional Health Community Hospital.
The man who was shot is believed to have been shot once. The ages of the two men are not known at this time.
“Detectives from Hoquiam Police and Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office are now processing the scene with crime scene scanning equipment until search warrants can be obtained to further investigate,” Strong said.
In addition to a few Hoquiam police SUVs at the scene, the Hoquiam police “Special Operations” vehicle was on-site as officers were still gathering information hours after the initial call. Traffic around the convenience store was not blocked, or slowed, but yellow police tape stretched around the outside of the fuel pumps.
Strong also said shootings in Hoquiam are rare.
“We can say this is an isolated event that poses no ongoing risk to the public,” Strong said.