Toppenish shooting injures one

Police: Suspects with gang ties sought in drive-by shooting

— Police are looking for a man they said shot and seriously wounded a resident during a drive-by shooting Saturday night.

Police declined to identify the victim, who suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, reporting Officer J. Ceja said.

The shooting took place 11:51 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Asotin Avenue, Ceja said. The victim told officers he was walking home and heard a vehicle pulling up to him.

“A subject from inside the vehicle yelled at him and then someone from inside the vehicle opened fire,” Ceja said.

The victim was initially taken to a Yakima hospital, then later transferred to a Seattle hospital for treatment as of press time.

Police are still seeking suspects and an active investigation is under way.

“Based on the actions and behaviors of the suspects in this case it is being ruled gang-related,” Ceja said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Toppenish Police Department at 509-865-4355.

It was the city’s third drive-by shooting in less than two months.

Juan Palomino, 25, was shot and killed on Jan. 8, records show.

He was a passenger in a car on state Highway 97, near the intersection of Buster Road, records show. Palomino was shot by a passing motorist and later died at a hospital.

On Dec. 19, a 13-year-old girl was struck in the back by gunfire from a drive-by shooting in the 500 block of North Date Street, Police Chief Curt Ruggles said.

Witnesses said a suspect approached the residence and opened fire, Ruggles said. Several people were in the residence at the time and the girl was shot in the back by one of the multiple rounds.

Another person in the home was injured by the gunfire, suffering facial lacerations from bullet debris, Ruggles said.

Suspects are also being sought in those two cases.


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