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Yakima police investigating gang killing

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YAKIMA--A 20-year-old Yakima man is dead and a 16-year-old boy injured in an early-morning shooting, and police say witnesses aren't talking.

Police believe the shooting is gang-related; they think the two murders are connected because they happened just a block apart.

They also say they're still running extra emphasis patrols but simply put, they can't be everywhere at once.

Officers responded to calls of shots fired on the 700 block of North 40th Avenue around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

That was all the help they'd get.  A group of about ten people were on scene, but police say they refused to cooperate.

About that time officers caught up with a car headed to a local hospital, carrying 20-year-old Nicholas Jimenez.  He'd been shot in the back.

He died shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Police are now investigating two gang-related murders in just two weeks, but they say these homicides aren't due to a lack of officers on the streets.

"These two homicides that have happened are not a matter of the cops not being around, this is a matter of internal problems going on with gangs and they look for a target of opportunity and they take it."

Police don't have any suspects.

A 16-year-old boy from Utah was also shot several times in the leg.

His injuries aren't life-threatening.