Pasco P.D. believes victim shot in face during drive-by was targeted
PASCO, Wash. — Authorities believe that a 20-year-old male victim from Pasco was targeted by four suspects who yelled at him as they drove by him and fired a round that could’ve very easily taken his life.
According to information from Sgt. Pruneda with the Pasco Police Department, the shooting took place around 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 near the Maverik gas station at the intersection of Road 68 and Sandifur Parkway.
Authorities say that a group of four in a white Blazer SUV harassed their victim before two of them fired pistols at the victim’s vehicle. One round went through the victim’s windshield, through his dashboard, and struck his cheek. The shot penetrated his cheek and narrowly missed his bone, which Pasco Fire medics treated him for on the scene.
The suspects promptly drove away as the victim pulled into the Maverik parking lot and called the police. An initial investigation led Pasco Police to believe that this was not an instance of road rage, but rather that the victim was specifically targeted. Given the circumstances, authorities don’t believe that there is an ongoing threat to the public in connection with this incident.
Pasco Police shut down the Maverik parking lot for several hours to process the scene on Saturday night. They are not releasing any information about the victim at this time out of an abundance of caution.
This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued when further information is revealed.
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