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UPDATE: Construction Worker Shot By Pellet Rifle

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Spokane Valley Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting that happened around 5:00 p.m. Thursday night at a construction site at Cataldo and Adams in the valley. Spokane Valley Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting that happened around 5:00 p.m. Thursday night at a construction site at Cataldo and Adams in the valley.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

Right now, Spokane Valley Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting that happened around 5:00 p.m. Thursday night at a construction site at Cataldo and Adams in the valley.

Deputies detained a man who was visiting the daughter of a homeowner who lives behind the construction site after it happened, but he has not been arrested at this time. Deputies say the man shot a .177 caliber high-power pellet rifle. The bullet hit a construction worker in the back while he was working on a large piece of construction equipment.

The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies say doctors were not able to remove the bullet from the man's back because it was too risky. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Although, the motive behind the shooting is still under investigation, neighbors think it had something to do with the new development that is under construction in the neighborhood.

"The shooting yesterday was probably because people are upset, they don't want to lose their field," said neighbor Nancy Smith. "It would've been great to have a park. Developers should've looked at that, instead of doing more housing."

The field, that will eventually be more than twenty new homes, was used by neighbors as a place for kids to play and people to walk their dogs. Many people in the area say they are unhappy about the new development.

As for the shooter, deputies say the case will be forwarded to the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office to determine what charges he could be facing.

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