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YAKIMA, Wash. -- Yakima police are investigating two gang-related shootings from Monday night and Tuesday morning that sent four people to the hospital.

YPD was called to the 800 block of N. 1st Street around 11:30 p.m. on Monday and found a 37-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his chest. The man was in an apartment and told police he had been outside with a group of people when they were confronted by multiple suspects. One of the suspects fired several shots at the group, according to the victim.

Another victim was located nearby the first, the 37-year-old man was shot in his upper right leg. Both men were treated for their injuries, which are not life-threatening, at a local hospital.

Less than an hour later, officers arrived at the intersection of Union and Chestnut just after 12:00 a.m. to find a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his right leg. This victim told police he was confronted by multiple suspects who asked for his gang affiliation. Shots were fired by one of the suspects.

Police learned of a second victim from this shooting at a local hospital. The second victim, a 17-year-old boy had a gunshot wound to his left arm.

No suspects have been identified for either shooting, detectives are continuing their investigation.


(AP)-- A new study says laws that ban texting while driving don't reduce wrecks and might actually increase risks.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's claim research arm released its findings Tuesday in Kansas City.

The insurance industry group compiled data from California, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington immediately before and after driver texting was banned.

The study found the number of crashes actually increased in three of those states after the bans were implemented.

Institute spokesman Russ Rader says the increase might be the result of drivers trying to keep phones out of view while texting. Highway officials say enforcement of the bans is just starting.


PROSSER, Wash.- Wineries in Prosser are getting a new neighbor- a distillery. "Blue Flame Spirits" is opening later this week, as a tasting room and place where you can buy their liquor.

Blue Flame only has vodka right now, but will also offer gin and specialize in whiskey. The distillery will also focus on using all local products. Brian Morton, the owner, says, "We currently are making the offered vodka out of merlot grapes, so that's another source that's local right here in Prosser, some of the best stuff around." Blue Flame Spirits will have a grand opening this Thursday starting at 11:00 a.m. Morton says the first 500 bottles sold will be numbered and signed. Bottles range from $25 to 30. Blue Flame is located off Lee Road in Prosser, where Whitstran brewery used to be.

Blue Flame is actually one of two distilleries opening their doors in the area this week. Black Heron in West Richland opens Friday at 2:00 p.m.