Police find another weapon while investigating the Bali Hai shooting
YAKIMA, Wash.- Police continue the investigation of a 21-year-old victim who was shot in the neck at the Bali Hai Motel.
Robert Trumblee was staying at the Bali Hai on North First Street Sunday. A guest next-door, 63 year old Ronald Keith Dean, allegedly shot Trumblee. The details of what happened are still being investigated. Officers say Dean turned himself in.
"The suspect unloaded his pistol right away and waited for officers to arrive, expressed a little remorse to family members of victim," said Captain Greg Copeland from the Yakima Police Department.
Officers say the area is notorious for robberies, prostitution and drugs. What's unusual is the shooting and how it all happened.
"At some point they encountered each other outside, one shot was fired and the victim was hit in the neck," said Cpt. Copeland.
Officers were on the scene Monday and found another rifle inside Dean's room. KNDO tried talking to managers but they were unavailable. They did confirm that they are enforcing a no weapons policy on their property.
People living in Yakima worry the area is getting worse.
"Used to be a pretty good place to be but now its not any place anyone wants go go, even some tourists came in where I work talking about being down there, I told them no, that's the worst place you could be," said Tammy Leahy, who lives in Yakima.
Officers say Trumblee and Dean do not appear to have any prior relationship to this shoting.