Three wounded in shootout in Fred Meyer parking lot
YAKIMA, Wash. — Police say three people were wounded in a late-night shootout at the Fred Meyer parking lot in Yakima.
Officers responded about 1:30 a.m. to reports of shots fired near 40th Avenue and Fruitvale Boulevard, where they found 29-year-old Timothy Sutton suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds.
Police discovered another victim, 22-year-old Michael Thompson, with gunshot wounds in the nearby Fred Meyer parking lot, where officers believe the shooting occurred. Thompson is in serious condition.
Officers then learned that a 17-year-old boy had also been shot and was taken to the hospital via private vehicle. Police say the teen underwent surgery and his condition is unknown.
Investigators believe the shootout occurred between two groups of people and was not gang-related.
One group of two people reportedly instigated the shootout, with one of them firing into a larger group, according to police. Two of the victims were reportedly struck by those bullets.
Police say someone in the group that was being shot at had a gun, and fired back, striking one of two people in the alleged instigating group.
Investigators say they have yet to determine which shooting victims belong to which groups.
It’s unclear at this point what led up to the shootout, but police say the incident stemmed from a disagreement.
No arrests have been made at this time.