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Suspects in Elma shooting appear in Superior Court

Shooting suspects face charges in Superior Court

MONTESANO — Four people involved in last month’s shooting at the Shell Station in Downtown Elma made their first appearance in Grays Harbor Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.

Gordon James Harper, 39, of Satsop, was charged with felony Assault 1 with a Firearm, Drive-by Shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Wearing a bright red jump suit indicating he’s being held in maximum security and sporting a tattoo on his neck that resembles a bullet, Harper told Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey he understood the charges.

Bail was set at $500,000. Godfrey assigned Harper two defense attorneys to represent him.

“Why two?” Harper asked.

“Given the number of charges, I thought you’d need two,” the judge replied. “But if you only want one.”

“No, no, that’s fine,” Harper replied.

Ricky D. Sizemore, 53, of Elma, also wearing a red jump suit, was charged with Assault 2 with a Firearm and Drive-by Shooting. Bail was set at $250,000. Prosecutor Katie Svoboda said that Sizemore was looking at his potential third strike, which could send him to jail for life.

Rhonda G. Harris, 49, of Satsop, was charged with Assault 2 with bail set at $100,000. Anna Kohler, 28, of Winlock, was charged with Assault 2 with a bail set at $50,000.

Harper and friends allegedly tracked the victim down to the Shell in Elma. Sizemore carried a paintball gun and shot at the victim. Security video police received, along with witness interviews, appear to show the two women come out of the car with bats and attack a woman that was with the victim.

Meantime, Harper exited the car with a .22-caliber pistol and allegedly shot his gun twice.

Arraignment for all four people involved has been set for Monday.