Man charged in gang shooting outside Yakima sports bar

Man charged in gang shooting outside Yakima sports bar
Francesco Javier Martinez, 26, is charged in connection to a gang-related double shooting outside Jack-Sons Sports Bar in Yakima (Courtesy: Donald Meyer/Yakima Herald-Republic)

A man has been charged for allegedly shooting two people outside a Yakima sports bar in February.

The suspect is Francisco Javier Martinez, 26, a transient believed to be responsible for the gang-related shooting on Feb. 19. It took place outside Jack-Son’s Sports Bar & Clubhouse Lounge, police said.

Martinez has been charged with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree unlawful possession of firearms, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Gary Hintze said Tuesday.

Authorities said he fired shots that wounded the two men during a fight between rival street gangs, the Yakima Herald-Republic reports.

It started around 1:45 a.m. after rival crews began flashing gang signs at each other outside the bar, according to a probable cause affidavit from police officers.

One of the shooting victims has been released from the hospital while another remains there with healing injuries, Yakima Police spokesman Mike Bastinelli said.

Martinez was arrested three days after the shooting on a parole violation. Witnesses identified him as the one who shot the men, police said.

He’s currently in Yakima County Jail being held on $250,000 bail. The suspect’s arraignment is scheduled for Mar. 31.