One killed, another injured in Pullman shooting near WSU campus

PULLMAN, Wash. — A 23-year-old man is dead and another injured in a shooting in Pullman early Saturday, police said.

Police responded around 12:30 a.m. to the 1200 block of NE Myrtle Street to a report of a large party with possibly over 200 people.

When officers were arriving they heard multiple gunshots and found two men nearby with multiple gunshot wounds.

Officers began performing lifesaving measures on the men who were then taken to Pullman Regional Hospital.

One WSU student described to KIRO 7 what they heard: “All of a sudden I heard just six gun shots in a row.”

One of the men, later identified by his family as Liban Barre, died at the hospital. The other was taken to a hospital in Spokane.

Barre’s family members told KIRO 7 that he had recently moved to Pullman and was a role model to his younger siblings and others.

His family said they were shocked, devastated and Liban was one of the last people they would have ever expected to die this young and to be taken in this way.

Police confirmed that the other person involved is a WSU student.

KIRO 7 later found out that it was 22-year-old Brandon Gray, a wide receiver with the WSU football team.

One of Gray’s teammates, Ron Stone Jr. said he was stunned to hear the news and is thinking of his teammate who is recovering.

The suspect, a 23-year-old Pullman resident, was arrested at 7:18 a.m. for investigation of second-degree assault, according to officials.

The investigation is ongoing.