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Drive-by shooting in Yakima

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YAKIMA--Just one day after hundreds attend a forum in Yakima aimed at preventing gang violence, police respond to a drive-by shooting in broad daylight.

The back window of the targeted vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, was shot out.

Police believe the suspect fired on the SUV with a shotgun, blowing out the window and also hitting it once in the front.

Fortunately, no one was hit.

Police caught up with the victim's car in an alley behind the 1000 block of South Sixth Street about 30 minutes after the drive-by.

Witnesses told police the people in the Cherokee were pulled over in the same neighborhood, when a blue Honda drove up and someone opened fire.

"This happened in a residential area on a Sunday afternoon," Sgt. Mike Henne, Yakima Police Department, said.  Kids are out playing, they don't care where they shoot, who they're shooting at.  This is a danger to the community that we have to get stopped."

Henne said the Jeep matches the description of a car involved in several recent incidents involving guns.  Police could not link it to any crimes.

The occupants of the Jeep told officers they are not gang members.

The driver of the Jeep will be cited for driving with a suspended license.

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