Fatal victim of shooting near WSU identified; second victim, identified as football player Brandon Gray, in 'serious but stable' condition

<p><p>One person is dead, one is in serious condition and many are left shaken following Saturday’s early morning shooting in the College Hill area near Washington State University in Pullman.</p></p><p><p>Police have identified Liban A. Barre, 23, of Kent as the fatal victim. WSU student Brandon C. Gray, 22, remains in serious but stable condition following an airlift to a Spokane hospital.</p></p><p><p>Football Coach Nick Rolovich confirmed Gray is a wide receiver for the Cougars. </p></p><p><p>“We’re hearing he’s in stable condition,” Rolovich said. </p></p><p><p>WSU Athletics Director Pat Chun put out a statement saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Brandon and his family and friends. As this remains an open police investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time.”</p></p><p><p>George Melvin Harris III, 23, was arrested at 7:18 a.m. Saturday on suspicion of second-degree assault for his involvement in the shooting, said Jake Opgenorth, acting chief commander of Pullman police.</p></p><p><p>“His exact involvement at this point I cannot share, as we’re still actively investigating,” he said.</p></p><p><p>According to a news release from the Pullman Police Department, officers responded around 12:30 a.m. to the 1200 block of Northeast Myrtle Street after getting reports of some 200 people gathered at a loud party. </p></p><p><p>On the way, officers heard multiple gunshots. </p></p><p><p>Near Williams Drive and Lybecker Road, the officers found the victims with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the release. </p></p><p><p>Both were transported to Pullman Regional Hospital, where Barre died. </p></p><p><p>One firearm was recovered at the scene, Opgenorth said. After his arrest, Harris reportedly told the police the gun was his. </p></p><p><p>The incident is believed to have started with a fight.</p></p><p><p>“It doesn’t look like it was an active shooter or random situation,” Opgenorth said. “We believe that there’s a connection with these individuals.”</p></p><p><p>Pullman Police and members of the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory collected evidence at the scene Saturday, with yellow evidence markers dotting the closed off street.</p></p><p><p>Residents of the restricted area were escorted to their homes after giving statements.</p></p><p><p>WSU student Ashley Miles, 18, said as a Yakima native said she’s used to hearing gunshots, but not in the small college town of Pullman.</p></p><p><p>“I definitely hadn’t heard of a lot of shootings around here, but that’s seemed to change the last couple of weeks,” she said, referencing an incident from earlier this month where gunshots were reported at a party at the Hills on Grand.</p></p><p><p>The investigation is ongoing, Opgenorth said. Officers continue to interview witnesses and urge anyone with information on the incident to call Pullman police at (509) 334-0802.</p></p><p><p><em>S-R reporter Theo Lawson contributed to this article. </em></p></p><p><p> </p></p>