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Police say shooter in double homicide is not a gang member

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Two men are dead and another is behind bars facing two counts of First Degree Murder. According to court documents, Lameiro Flores, 19, has admitted to shooting the victims.

Police are saying there had been a history of threats and assaults between the men that led to this shooting.

Flores made his first appearance in a Yakima County courtroom Tuesday.

As the investigation continues, details into why the 19-year-old shot two men in the head are starting to unfold.

"He's had past, reportedly past experience with the two victims in this case. Confrontations with them in the past where he's been threatened or assaulted," said Lt. Mike Merryman with the Yakima Police Department.

Police say Flores and the two victims, 18-year-old Jobany Martinez, and 17-year-old Jose Avilez exchanged words before the shooting Monday. But according to court documents, it's when the victim's shouted, 'catch you later,' that Flores pulled the gun and started shooting. 

"We have every reason to believe he's the only shooter and the only one involved. We're not seeking out any other suspects at this time," said Lt. Merryman.

Court documents say Flores admitted he planned to shoot a third man at the river, but was unable to.

According to police, the suspect does not have any gang ties or a criminal record, however the two victims were both documented gang members.

Folks near the crime scene Tuesday say they rarely have problems or see gang members in the area.

"A lot of fishermen, a lot of people go up to the lake to go fishing and stuff but never anyone that I'd consider sketchy, but like I said I wouldn't come down here at night," said Mike, a man who frequents the Greenway.

Flores was stopped in a car in the Greenway parking lot and detained by police just after the shooting.

Court documents say the .45 caliber handgun used in the shooting was hidden in that car. 

Flores' bail is set at $2 million.
 
These were the fourth and fifth homicides in Yakima this year. It's the first double homicide since 2010.

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