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Innocent bystander nearly hit in gang shooting

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YAKIMA--Property vandalized.  Shots fired.  And, an innocent bystander nearly shot in a gang fight.

Oe woman said her roommate shot at two men who broke windows on their house and cars, but he nearly shot a neighbor who wasn't even involved. 

Police say two Hispanic males with baseball bats smashed the windows of two cars in the driveway of a home on the 1600 block of South 1st Avenue around 9:00 a.m. Saturday.  Then, they allegedly grabbed rocks from the front yard and broke the home's windows.

 That's when one man came out of the house and shot at the vandals as they drove off.

He missed his targets, but nearly hit the man living across the street.  The shooter buried a bullet in that house's front door as his neighbor came outside to see what was going on.

A woman whose car and home were vandalized couldn't believe what she saw.

"I woke up to hear a whole bunch of glass crashing and I heard gunshots," the woman, who asked KNDO to not reveal her name, said.  "I came outside after all the commotion had been done and we had rocks through our windows."

Police arrested the shooter on reckless endangerment charges and discharging a gun within city limits.

Officers say this is gang-related and think an argument from last night led to this morning's attack.

Police are still searching for the vandals.  They were last seen driving a white mid-1980's model four-door sedan with low-profile tires.

Anyone with information should call the Yakima Police Department at 575-6200.

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