Police: Suspect harassed victim leading up to Toppenish double shooting
TOPPENISH, Wash. — A 26-year-old-man was arrested Monday night after police say he shot two men following a confrontation near West First Avenue and Shearer Lane in Toppenish.
Witnesses told police Christian Stanley Gonzalez confronted a man about “causing problems with his family”, pulled out a gun and fired at him, but all that came out was an audible clicking sound, court documents said.
Gonzalez reportedly racked the gun again, shot the man in the stomach and continued to fire as he backed away toward his car, according to court documents.
The man was taken to Virginia Mason Memorial hospital for treatment. Later that night, police received a call from the hospital about a second gunshot victim.
The 23-year-old man told police he was friends with the first victim and had been shot in the same incident. Both men are expected to recover from their injuries.
Police responded to the shots fired call about 7:30 p.m. and arrested Gonzalez after officers saw him speeding away and pulled him over into the nearby McDonald’s parking lot, about 750 feet away from the shooting location, court documents said.
Gonzalez was reportedly in the driver’s seat, with a man and woman as passengers.
Police say the red Dodge Neon had what appeared to be a bullet hole in the passenger-side door and officers could see a shotgun in the backseat.
Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and third-degree driving with a suspended license.
In 2017, Gonzalez was convicted of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. As a convicted felon, he is not allowed to possess a firearm and is facing another unlawful possession charge in connection with this incident.
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