Crime

UPDATE: Boise Bench shooting not random, police say; 2 suspects in custody, 1 at large

Two suspects are in custody and one is at large after a reported drive-by shooting on Security Lane left three houses damaged but no one injured, Boise police report.

Booked into the Ada County Jail were:

•  Zachary E. Tharp, a 26-year-old Nampa man. He was charged with three felony counts of discharging a firearm into a dwelling and misdemeanor resisting and obstructing officers.



•  Damon N. Wall, a 21-year-old Bellevue man. He was charged with three felony counts of discharging a firearm into a dwelling, felony burglary, felony criminal possession of a financial transaction card and misdemeanor resisting and obstructing officers.



As of Tuesday night, police were still searching for a third suspect -- light-skinned woman wearing a hoodie, possibly with fur on the hood. She was seen with Tharp and Wall, according to law enforcement.

Tharp was apprehended in front of Borah High School shortly after the 6:22 p.m. shots-fired report. Wall reportedly fled into a trailer park and broke into a home, where he was later taken into custody. A woman who lives in the trailer home fled with her young child and called police.

Police announced the second arrest about 9:25 p.m., shortly before asking the public to be on the lookout for the female suspect.

Cassia Street between Curtis Road and Franklin Park was closed while police searched for suspects. A heavy police presence continued late into the night in the area bordered by Cassia, Curtis, Franklin Park and Franklin Road as officers continued searching for the remaining suspect.

The chain of events began about 6:20 p.m. with several reports of shots fired in the 1200 block of Security Lane in the neighborhood of Kootenai and Orchard, police said.

It appears five or six shots were fired, Boise Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said, and damage was found in three homes.

“In one case, officers found a bullet went into the rear of one home, exited through the front of the home and entered a second residence,” police said in a news release.

Witnesses described the suspect vehicle and said it crashed into something before speeding off northbound on South Phillippi Street.

“At every step, citizens pointed out to officers what direction the suspects were driving or running,” Lt. Brett Quilter of the Boise Police Department Patrol Division said in a release. “It was a huge help in getting the two men into custody, and it speaks to just how much people value the safety of their city. We are very grateful for their help.”

Officers found the 2014 Nissan Altima a short distance away near Cassia and Phillippi.

The people inside the car, two man and one woman, ran west, witnesses told police.

Early Tuesday, police say the shooting suspects appeared to have a target in mind when they fired into homes west of Kootenai and Orchard streets. In searching the neighborhood, investigators found evidence linking the suspects to the shooting, police said.

Wall has an extensive criminal record in Blaine County. He has previous convictions for aggravated battery, malicious injury to property, petit theft, and possession and use of a controlled substance.

Tharp has convictions in Ada County for possession of a concealed weapon by a minor and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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