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Butte Police Searching For Shooting Suspect

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 Butte police say they are looking for Luke Andrew Lapinski. They say he is wanted in a shooting that happened early Friday morning shortly after midnight on Porter Avenue.

The residential street tucked away in the Butte Flats appears to be in a quiet neighborhood. But that wasn't the case when unusual sounds of gunfire erupted, prompting neighbors to call the police. Police say a 2013 silver Chevrolet Corvette with California plates sped away from the crime scene shortly after the gun shots.

According to sheriff Ed Lester, “at some point a verbal dispute occurred between the two and the individual who was in the Corvette fired two rounds from a handgun out the driver's side window one of which struck the victim in the left calf area, the second round missed."

Law enforcement says police responded to the crime scene within three minutes. The incident took place right outside the house at 1811 Porter Avenue. By the time police arrived the victim, a 38-year-old male, had already left the area to drive himself to the hospital where officers were waiting to take his statement.

Lester says, "these two individuals are acquaintances and are well aware of each other's identity and so the victim has identified the individual who fired the gun shots."

Police say no one answered the door at the home where shots were fired in front of and are still canvassing the area for witnesses.

Neighbors said often see suspicious activity happening in front of this house. Police aren't yet releasing a motive, but they say until Lapinski is caught, he's considered a threat to the public.

"Mr. Lapinski should be clearly considered armed and dangerous. He doesn't have any qualms about firing at an acquaintance so he certainly probably doesn't have any qualms about firing at other civilians or police officers attempting to apprehend him so we would consider him extremely dangerous,” said Lester.

Butte law enforcement has enlisted federal agencies as well other local agencies throughout the region to help catch Lapinski. Police say Lapinski will most likely face charges of attempted deliberate homicide.

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