Violent night in the Yakima ValleyPosted: Updated:
YAKIMA--One man is dead and four other people are recovering from gunshot wounds in four separate incidents across the Yakima Valley.
Yakima police responded to the Wray's Thriftway store on Third Avenue shortly before 10:00 p.m. Saturday night. Witnesses reported a fight had taken place and shots had been fired. Officers found the shooting victim behind the wheel of a car parked near the store. The Yakima County Coroner identified the victim as 29-year-old James Kilby.
Police located another victim inside the Wray's; he had been attacked shortly before the shooting occurred. Yakima police did not disclose his status, but say he was not hit by gunfire.
The suspect is described as an adult black male, standing about 5 feet 8 inches tall with facial hair.
An hour before YPD responded to the Wray's shooting, Wapato police and the Yakima Sheriff's Office were called to the 4500 block of North Track Road regarding a drive by shooting.
A release from the Sheriff's Office said 28-year-old Manuel Angel Garcia of Wapato was inside a house on the block when a bullet came through the front of the building and hit him in the head.
Garcia was taken to a local hospital, where he is in stable but critical condition as of 1:45 a.m. Sunday. Due to the severity of his injuries, the Wapato Police Department turned the case over to the Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say Garcia did not live at the targeted house.
In Toppenish, an adult male was shot in the torso in another drive by shooting, this one on East Toppenish Avenue.
The victim told police he was sitting in his car at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday when another car pulled up and a man inside fired several rounds at him.
Toppenish police say the suspect is a Hispanic male wearing dark clothes and believe he is anywhere from 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall. The victim's injuries are not expected to be life-threatening.
Finally, two Yakima teenagers were injured early Sunday morning while at a home on the 900 block of South 4th Avenue. The girls, ages 18 and 15, told police they were inside a house when they heard gunshots and were struck. The 18-year-old was hit once in the leg, and the 15-year-old was shot once in the buttocks. Police say the 15-year-old girl was pregnant. Police did not indicate any suspects, but do believe the shooting is gang-related.
As of 10:20 a.m. Sunday, no arrests had been made in any of these cases. It is not clear if any of the shootings are connected.
If you have any information, please call Yakima Police at 509-575-6200, Toppenish Police at 509-865-4355, or the Yakima County Sheriff's Office at 509-574-2500.