Shooting suspects sought

Toppenish pedestrian hospitalized in Seattle

— The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information on a drive-by shooting of a pedestrian Friday night.

The shooting victim’s condition was not available Monday, but he was being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, officials there said.

Detectives are still looking for suspects in the case.

According to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, the shooting occurred about 7:15 p.m.

The victim, identified only as a 24-year-old Toppenish resident, was waiting to cross U.S. Highway 97 at the Fort Road intersection when he was shot, Sgt. Brian Jackson said. He was initially treated at Toppenish Hospital, then airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for surgery.

“At the time of the incident, the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening,” he said.

“He was in the company of a close relative at the time,” Jackson said, noting they reported a silver sedan turn northbound onto the highway.

“A rear seat passenger in the silver car leaned out and yelled something at the victim and his relative before pulling out a pistol and opening fire,” Jackson said. “At least 5 shots were fired and one of them struck the victim in the face.”

The car continued north on the highway; witnesses said it had four people inside, a report said.

The vehicle is described as a late 90s or early 2000 Honda Accord or Acura with four doors, the report said.

Deputies responding to the shooting found spent shell casings at the scene.

“At this point, it is not known if the incident was gang-related,” Jackson said. “The victim did not know the suspects and claims no gang involvement.”

“At this time, no suspects have been identified,” he said. “Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Yakima Sheriff’s Office, Detective Division.”


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