Man shot and killed in north Spokane identified, suspect remains hospitalized after attempted suicide

<p><p>The man killed Saturday in what police described as an unprovoked shooting has been identified as 24-year-old Michael Lindblom.</p></p><p><p>Officers <a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/dec/13/spokane-police-suspect-who-shot-killed-1-in-critic” target=”_blank”>responded to a reported shooting</a> about 7 p.m. Saturday at a home on the 1300 block of West Shannon Avenue, according to a Spokane police news release.</p></p><p><p>There, they found Lindblom with gunshot wounds. Despite care provided by officers, the Spokane Fire Department and AMR medics, Lindblom died.</p></p><p><p>The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office.</p></p><p><p>A short time later, officers received reports of a shooting a few blocks away on the corner of North Monroe Street and West Knox Avenue. There, they found a man suspected of shooting Lindblom with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.</p></p><p><p>He was taken to a local hospital, where he was in critical condition Thursday morning but expected to survive.</p></p><p><p><a href=”https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2021/dec/13/spokane-police-suspect-who-shot-killed-1-in-critic” target=”_blank”>Police said they will not identify the suspect</a> until he is released from the hospital and arrested.</p></p><p><p>Witnesses told officers the suspect, who was an acquaintance of some former tenants at the residence in the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood, arrived uninvited and let himself in. He was speaking to people who were not physically present and expressing extreme paranoia, according to court records.</p></p><p><p>Eventually the suspect produced a handgun and without provocation shot Lindblom, witnesses said.</p></p><p><p>Police said there was no indication the shooter knew the victim.</p></p>