19-year-old shot near Kiwanis Park in Yakima
This is the second gang-related shooting Wednesday in Yakima
YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima police are investigating a second gang-related shooting Wednesday near Kiwanis Park that sent a 19-year-old man to the hospital.
Police said they were called about 4:30 p.m. to reports of shots fired near the park — 1501 E. Maple St. — but were unable to find anything obvious in the area.
Several minutes later, a 19-year-old man was dropped off at a local hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Investigators confirmed with the man that the shooting had occurred near Kiwanis Park and that he’d been taken to the hospital via private vehicle.
GUN SHOT VICTIM
At approximately 4:30PM today officers responded to a report of shots fired near Kiwanis Park. Officers arrived moments after the incident was reported, finding nothing obvious in the area. A few minutes later a 19-year old male was dropped off at a local hospital pic.twitter.com/rVaql9Ku2U
— Yakima P.D. (@yakimapolice) February 25, 2021
Police believe the shooting was gang-related: the second gang-related shooting of the day and the fourth in just five days.
Several hours before the Kiwanis Park shooting, at about 12:10 p.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot outside of Garfield Elementary School.
Police said the suspects fled in a recently stolen car. When officers found the car hours later, the suspects reportedly led them on a high-speed chase before crashing into a school bus. The four teens in the car were taken into custody for questioning about the stolen car, shooting and high-speed chase.
Just days earlier, on Friday, two separate gang-related shootings left a 16-year-old and 17-year-old with gunshot wounds.
The investigations for all of these incidents are ongoing.
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