KPD detains three suspects including two juveniles in BB gun rampage

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Three suspects have been detained in connection with a BB gun rampage that left nine people hurt in Kennewick on Tuesday evening. According to local authorities, two of the suspects are juveniles and the weapons have been collected as evidence.

According to a press release issued by the Kennewick Police Department, detectives visited a residence in the 1600 block of W 1st Ave. He had a search warrant, which led to 19-year-old Dweight Watkins being taken into custody. Two additional male suspects — a 17-year-old and a 14-year-old — were taken into custody as well.

Watkins was booked into the Benton County Jail for felony assault in the third degree. The two younger suspects were booked into the Benton/Franklin Juvenile Detention Center for felony assault in the third degree as well.

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As of 7 a.m. this morning, nine victims have come forward about being attacked by the group of young men. Local police say that six of the victims were juveniles and three were adults. No life-threatening injuries were sustained, but many of the victims were left with large welts.

The first reported victim was a 5-year-old girl who was playing outside in her front yard. According to a Facebook post by the Kennewick Police Department, the first report of this incident took place around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, when officers responded to the 1900 block of W 4th Pl in Kennewick for an assault with a weapon.

When local authorities arrived, they came into contact with the victim’s mother. Local authorities were told that the group was laughing as they quickly drove away from the area. Shortly after, they drove to the area of W 4th Ave and S Vancouver St, where they allegedly shot the second victim.

This is an ongoing investigation by the Kennewick Police Department. If you have any relevant information to contribute, please reach out to the KPD’s non-emergency dispatch number at (509) 628-0333 and reference Case No. 21-16976.

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