Yakima victims chased, fired at 11 times in fatal shooting
YAKIMA, Wash. — A deadly shooting in Yakima claimed the life of one victim and seriously injured another on Thursday night. Witnesses saw the victims being followed by their attackers, who allegedly fired 11 shots into their target’s vehicle before speeding away.
According to a press release issued by the Yakima Police Department, officers were called to the scene around 6:25 p.m. on the evening of June 10. They arrived at the 1100-block of Cornell Ave, where they located a male victim, 30, and a female victim, 26. The woman was suffering a great deal of pain from a gunshot wound to her hip while standing outside of her vehicle.
The male victim, who has since been identified as Oscar Ricardo Hondal-Lopez, was sitting in the driver’s seat of a Black Chevrolet Impala with a gunshot wound on his neck. Officers quickly rendered first aid as medical professionals were called to the scene, but Hondal-Lopez passed away at the scene of the crime.
Meanwhile, the female victim was transported to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital. She was treated for her wounds and was later released.
Witnesses told local authorities that they saw the Impala being chased by a white, four-door sedan that was occupied by four suspects. As both vehicles traveled north near the scene of the accident, the sedan passed the Impala and an occupant allegedly fired 11 shots into the victim’s car.
The shooter’s vehicle is said to have continued north on Cornell while the Impala left the roadway and crashed into a fence and a parked car before coming to a halt. Detectives from the Yakima Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit and Gang Unit gathered security camera recordings that captured the shooting as evidence.
Local authorities still do not know their motivation at this time, though it remains possible that it was gang-related.
If anyone has more information to contribute to the investigation of this incident, you can contact the Yakima police at (509) 575-6200. Tips can also be reported to Yakima County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-248-9980. Their website is www.crimestoppersyakco.org.
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