25-year-old man injured in Yakima gang-related shooting

Second shooting happened just hours after 17-year-old shot at intersection
Yakima, Moses Lake

YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima police responded to a second gang-related shooting Monday evening, just hours after a 17-year-old boy was shot while riding in his mother’s car.

“At this point, there’s no indication that this is retaliation from the afternoon shooting,” Yakima Police Capt. Jay Seely said.

Police responded about 5:11 p.m. to reports of a gunshot victim near the Pepsi building on South Third Street.  As officers were traveling to the area, they found a private vehicle in the 1200 block of Tieton Drive with a 25-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

The car continued driving and took the victim to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police said the people who drove him to the hospital are known gang members and the victim is associated with gangs.

Police said they tried to speak with the 25-year-old and the others who transported him to the hospital, but they refused to give police much information about what happened.

“We believed that it happened somewhere around the 1500 block of South 16th Street,” Seely said. “The only story that we could get was that he walked to the store and then he returned with a gunshot wound to his stomach.”

Earlier in the day, just after noon, a 17-year-old boy was injured in a gang-related shooting at the intersection of North 16th Avenue and Fruitvale Boulevard.

Police said the teen was in the passenger seat of his mother’s car driving down Fruitvale Boulevard when she stopped at the light, waiting to make a left-hand turn onto North 16th Avenue.

Witnesses reportedly told police a green four-door sedan pulled up alongside them and fired into the vehicle. Police estimate the shooter fired about 10 times into the car, with three striking the 17-year-old. His mother was uninjured.

The teen was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for a higher level of care, where they found he was in critical condition.

Police said the mother identified her son as a gang member and the shooting is believed to be gang-related. No arrests have been made.

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