Three people shot, one killed in Yakima gang-shooting at a mini mart

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YAKIMA, Wash. — Two assailants remain at large following what police believe to be a gang-related shooting at a mini-mart in Yakima that killed one person and injured two other bystanders.

According to an announcement from the Yakima Police Department, the gunshots were reported around 12:54 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Officers were dispatched to the Rocky Mart parking lot at 1003 W. Nob Hill Blvd, where they found three people injured.

A 32-year-old Yakima man was working on his vehicle’s tire in the parking lot when the two suspects approached on foot from a nearby street and began to fire their weapons without any warning. The entire altercation was captured on video by a surveillance camera which has since been obtained by Yakima police as evidence.

Nearby to the victim were a 24-year-old homeless man and a 33-year-old store clerk. They were each struck by bullets and suffered injuries. All three of the victims were transported to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital for immediate care.

Police officers confirmed that the 32-year-old Yakima man died during emergency surgery at the hospital. The other two victims were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No further information on their condition has been announced to the public.

“We believe this homicide is gang-related. At this point, we don’t believe the store clerk or the homeless gentleman were the intended target,” Captain Jay Seely said.

This was the eighth homicide in the City of Yakima this year, according to the police department.


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