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UPDATE: Toppenish man shot in head during drive-by dies from injuries

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UPDATE: TOPPENISH, Wash. -- Toppenish police tell us that the 22-year-old who was shot in the head Saturday morning died late Sunday night.

The victim has been identified as Ladislado Avila. Police say he was in the car with three friends when another car drove by and opened fire. It all happened on the 500 block of Washington Avenue.

Officers are now looking for three suspects:

20-year-old Justin Cavasos, 20-year-old Fabian Arredondo and 19-year-old David Sandoval.

If you know where any of these suspects are, call Toppenish Police.


TOPPENISH, Wash. -- A Toppenish man is clinging to life after an early-morning drive-by shooting Saturday.

The 22-year-old victim is in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Toppenish police say the victim was driving south down Washington Avenue with three passengers at about 1:25 a.m. Saturday when a car began following them.

Passengers in the car say that's when someone in the suspect car--described as a gray or teal Honda--shot at the victim's car.

One round hit the driver in the head.  He lost control and crashed into a tree near the corner of Washington and Elm, uprooting the tree.

The driver was taken to a Yakima hospital in critical condition.  As of 5:00 p.m. Saturday his condition had not changed.

The victim's name has not been released.

Police do believe the shooting is gang-related, but have not told KNDO of any suspects.

They are following leads at this time and ask anyone with information to call Toppenish Police at 509-865-4355.