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Yakima man recovering after shooting

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YAKIMA--A 25-year-old man is recovering after police say four men walked into his house and shot him in the back.

It happened on the 300 block of South Sixth Street.

Police say four men wearing dark blue clothes came in the open front door of the house and asked if the victim was in a gang.

He said no, then tried to run.  That's when one of the men pulled out a shotgun and opened fire.

This shooting comes as police have been monitoring gang activity with extra police patrols.

Since the extra patrols started a month ago, gang activity has kept quiet.  Police say it wasn't realistic to expect all the crime to just go away.

"To expect that we'll put a certain number of officers out on given nights of the week and think that we'll stop gang activity entirely would be unrealistic," Lt. Mike Merryman, Yakima Police Department, said.  "There's just too much influence out there."

Merryman said the suspects were gone by the time police arrived.

He said the victim is a known gang member; his attackers are believed to be in a rival gang.

The victim's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Anyone with information should call the Yakima Police Department.

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