Yakima teenager shot outside of Garfield Elementary School

Image Credit: Yakima Police Department, Twitter

YAKIMA, Wash. — According to the Yakima Police Department, a shooting occurred in the proximity of Garfield Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon.

At 12:09 p.m., the Yakima Police Department tweeted that officers were responding to a shooting outside Garfield Elementary School, which is located at 612 N 6th Ave. Despite the alarming proximity to the school, local authorities say that there was no continuing threat to the school or its students at this time.

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Officials made contact with one victim on the scene. They made it clear that the victim was not a student of the school, but had critical injuries that they believe are not life-threatening. Shortly after, they followed up by saying that the incident was expected to be gang-related and has no correlation with the school itself.

Please be advised that this is not a school shooting. It’s merely a shooting in the proximity of a public school.

UPDATE at 1:00 p.m. on Feb. 24According to reporting by KAPP-KVEW’s Emily Goodell, the victim is a 16-year-old male who was involved in a confrontation in the area of the school. The Yakima Police Chief told her that it’s unclear how many suspects were involved, but they were said to have fled in a nearby vehicle.

Please be advised that there are no students in-person at Garfield Elementary at this point.

UPDATE at 3:35 p.m. on Feb. 24: The Yakima P.D. Twitter account notified the public that the suspects from the shooting earlier today have been located. According to the post, a pursuit ensued and the suspect crashed their vehicle. Each of the four individuals found in the vehicle was apprehended by local authorities. Please avoid 7th Ave and W Walnut St while authorities continue their investigation.

This is a developing story that will be updated with more information as it’s provided by local authorities.

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