Yakima's low-violence summer has come to a closePosted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash- Tuesday night there were two shootings within a five minute drive of each other another sign that the relative peace the city has enjoyed this summer may be over.
Usually gun shots in his South East Yakima neighborhood are nothing new to James Young . So Tuesday night's shooting in the area of East Chestnut and Union Streets didn't even get him out of bed.
"I heard it go off, about seven rounds", Young recalls.
Police were called out to the area just after midnight. They found a 21-year old man with a lower-leg gunshot wound. Later, a 17-year-old victim, believed to be from the same shooting showed up at the hospital shot in the arm.
Forty minutes earlier, a mile and a half away, two 37-year-old men were shot in front of the Ingrid apartments on North First Street. One was hit in the rib cage, the other in the upper leg.
The shootings come just a week after Yakima's first homicide since May.
"This summer was pretty quiet, now all of a sudden, after they get done, now it's back up again," recalls Young. He's referring to the summer police emphasis patrols. Young says it was easy to spot officers on the streets in the summer but those extra patrols are over.
"They ain't out like they used to and it's starting back up again and kids are getting rowdy", observes Young.
Yakima police say it's early to be associating the recent violence with less officers on the street."I think you would have to have more than just what happened last night before you can say that it's picking up", says Sergeant Tony Bennett of the Yakima Police Department.