One man in critical condition after triple shooting in YakimaPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA--A Halloween party turns violent, leaving three shot and one in critical condition. Police say the shooting is gang-related.
Witnesses told police some uninvited guests showed up at the party. When they were asked to leave, they started shooting.
Police responded to a chaotic scene on the corner of 7th and Lincoln Avenues around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
Officers found a 34-year-old man who'd been shot in the head and hip. He's in critical condition.
They also found a 32-year-old man who'd been shot several times. He's listed as being in serious condition. A 21-year-old man was shot once in the leg; he was treated and released.
Police don't believe the people who threw the party are involved with gangs, but witnesses heard more than twenty shots fired.
"The sound of women screaming and stuff, it sounded terrible," Ron Bonlender, one of many who called 911 to report the shooting, said. "It sounded like something really serious happened."
"At this point in time we don't have a belief that the victims were gang affiliated or involved," Lt. Mike Merryman, Yakima Police Department, said. "The resulting violence is gang related because of the suspects' apparent connection to gangs."
Police took a 19-year-old person of interest into custody about 12 hours after the shooting, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
They're still searching for other suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Yakima Police Department at 509-575-6200.