UPDATE: FACEBOOK POST from the victim's daughter: This is Billie McKinney I want to thank everyone for their support, my mother deeply loved you all in her special way. Thank you everyone for all the fun she had with you, and please just be good to everyone, love with all your heart, and remember her with a smile. much love
5:01 UPDATE: According to our sources the victim has been identified as 55-year Sharlotte McGill.
4:55 UPDATE: The homicide happened on 'Tuffy's Trail.'
Spokane Police Dept. - The woman attacked Thursday morning while walking her dog in North Spokane has died as a result of the stab wounds she sustained. Spokane Police have flooded the area with resources to investigate this incident and ensure public safety.
Detectives have detained a man matching the suspect description given by witnesses and are working to determine if this individual is responsible for the attack. The motive of this incident has not been established, however detectives believe this was a random attack.
Details: At 8:11 Thursday morning a 55-year-old woman was walking her dog, alone on a walking trail near the area of 1800 E. South Riverton. According to the victim's description of the incident, a man jumped out of the bushes, stabbed her several times and fled.
The victim screamed for help and made her way up the street where a nearby construction worker heard her cries, rushed over, administered as much first aid as he could and called 9-1-1. Medics arrived moments later and transported the victim to an emergency trauma center where she died of her injuries. The victim's dog was unharmed in the incident.
Immediately after the emergency call, Spokane Police brought in additional resources to the area, including additional officers and a canine unit in an attempt to locate the suspect. Additionally, SPD alerted nearby Cooper Elementary School of the potential danger and worked with school officials to ensure the safety of the children and staff.
Spokane Police Detectives have developed a suspect description based on details obtained from the victim as well as interviews with those living near the area of the attack. The suspected attacker is described as a black male in his early to mid 30s wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
Neighbors say they had seen a man matching this description in the area recently. Spokane Police detectives have detained a person matching this description but are still investigating to determine if this is the suspect.
This incident is especially concerning due to the brazen and random nature of the attack in broad daylight and Spokane Police are dedicating a vast amount of resources to ensure the safety of citizens and to apprehend the person responsible for this attack.
SPOKANE, Wash. - Right now Spokane Police are investigating a stabbing in northeast Spokane that left a woman hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
Police say at just after 8 a.m. in the area of Magnolia & S. Riverton a woman was walking her dog when a black male in his mid-30s wearing black clothing approached her and stabbed her 3-4 times in the upper body.
The victim, who lives in the nearby River Park Apts, was able to give a brief description of the suspect before going into shock. She was taken to hospital and into surgery.
When police approached a man in the area who matched the description given by the victim, the suspect attempted to flee, but was apprehended and taken into custody for questioning.
The motive of the stabbing remains unknown. Police say it appears to have been a random attack.