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Man sentenced in 2018 shooting outside Vancouver apartments

A Vancouver man pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for a shooting outside an apartment complex in September 2018.

Mik’L Noah Sandoval, 19, pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to three counts of second-degree assault with deadly weapon enhancements. Judge Suzan Clark issued the sentenced based on a joint recommendation between the prosecution and defense.

The case stems from a Sept. 28, 2018, shooting reported at the Brookside 112 apartment complex, 4619 N.E. 112th Ave. Vancouver police officers responded to the apartments after several people called 911 to report that someone was firing a handgun outside the complex.

Two women told officers they were in the apartment’s parking lot speaking with an unfamiliar man, according to an affidavit of probable cause. A group approached them, shouting, during the conversation, and one of the women told police the group was yelling “gang terms.” A male wearing a red T-shirt pulled out a handgun and fired several shots, the affidavit said.

The three dropped to the ground behind a parked car, and the two women ran inside an apartment when the shooting stopped. They barred the door from the man they were speaking to before he ran away from the complex, according to the affidavit. No injuries were reported.

Police reviewed footage from surveillance cameras located about a block away from the shooting. The footage captured the suspected shooter, who lived in the apartments and was identified by officers as Sandoval, the affidavit said.

Witnesses also identified him through a photo lineup as the person wearing the red T-shirt, according to the affidavit.

Officers searched Sandoval’s home in October and found a pistol and stolen rifle, the affidavit said. Sandoval admitted to officers that the weapons were his, according to court records.

Sandoval also said he fired the pistol into the ground a few times because he felt threatened by the unfamiliar man with the two women in the parking lot, the affidavit said.

According to court records, Sandoval was previously convicted of first-degree robbery and second-degree burglary, precluding him from possessing a firearm.

Sandoval and the victims did not speak during the sentencing hearing.


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