Yakima man severely injured after drive-by shooting on his front yard

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Image from The Jonathan Spear Recovery Fund, GoFundMe

UPDATE:

Yakima neighbors raise more than $98,000 for shooting victim. KAPP-KVEW spoke to the victim’s brother, who said there is a chance that the victim will be paralyzed for the rest of his life.


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YAKIMA, Wash. — A 35-year-old man with a pregnant wife was hospitalized after being shot twice in a drive-by shooting while working on his front lawn on Sunday evening.

According to a press release issued by the Yakima Police Department, the incident occurred at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Sunday, June 6. Authorities responded to the 2400-block of W Chestnut Ave for a report of a gunshot victim. When they arrived on the scene, local authorities made contact with the victim, who has since been identified as Jonathan Spear.

A neighbor was administering emergency first-aid to help Spear when Yakima police officers arrived on the scene. Authorities transported him to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital and shortly after, he was flown north to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for more intensive care.

The victim’s current medical status is unclear to Yakima police, but a GoFundMe page organized by his family says that one of the bullets severed his spine. The GoFundMe page, which stands at $33,600 raised out of a $10,000 goal as of the time of this post, says that he is out of the operating room as of the morning of June 7 and it is doubtful that he will ever walk again.

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Here is a segment of the message published by Spear’s family in light of the current situation:

It is early, but we know that Jonathan and Val are going to have numerous medical bills and expenses while he recovers and adjusts to a life with altered mobility. We are setting up this fund to help defray those costs.

More than money, we ask for your prayers for a miracle. Please pray that Jonathan would have a swift recovery and regain the capacity to live a full and productive life. Thanks in advance for your prayers and support. We will do our best to keep you all posted.

Witnesses saw a blue Ford Taurus speeding away from the area shortly after shots were fired, but authorities do not have a suspect just yet. Officers did locate a shell casing near the intersection of 24th Ave and Chestnut Ave that will be used as evidence. Detectives from the Yakima Police Department’s (YPD) Major Crimes Unit and Gang Unit all responded to the scene of the incident.

YPD Captain Jay Seely said that there’s no indication of this being a gang-related crime and that the motive of the shooter is unknown. To view the GoFundMe, click here.

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