Yakima police say an 11-year-old girl was shot while asleep

YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima police say a gang member shot an 11-year-old girl when he fired several rounds at home in the 1600 block of S. 12th Ave. early Wednesday.

Police say the suspect is a 22-year-old Yakima man, and the bullets were intended for the young victim’s father, who was not home at the time. Police said the girl’s father is also a gang member.

The girl suffered injuries to her thigh and calf. Her medical condition was not immediately available. The girl’s mother, an adult male and a 1-year-old child were home when the shooting occurred, but none of them were hurt.

Around 1:20 a.m., an officer saw a motorcyclist leaving the area where the shooting happened and attempted to stop him. After a short vehicle pursuit, the officer lost sight of him.

Police were able to identify the motorcycle’s owner and tracked down his location to speak with him.

“Due to discrepancies in the owner’s story, he was detained by YPD officers and Gang Unit detectives were called in to continue the investigation,” police said in a news release.

Police say 15 bullet casings were recovered at the scene of the shooting, and security footage has linked the suspect to the crime.

The suspect is facing four counts of first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and eluding.