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Two Teenagers in Serious Condition After Shooting in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima police are trying to figure out who shot two teenagers in broad daylight in a local neighborhood.

YPD says a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old were shot at the corner of Fourth and Maple Streets around 11am Tuesday. Both are clinging to life with very serious injuries.

Witnesses we spoke to say it was a frightening scene that hit too close to home.

"It could have been me, you know," said Kenny Switzer who was working in the area.

Switzer was still visibly shaken up after two teenagers were shot, just half a block from where he works. A dent in his car reminds him of just how close the violence came. A dent caused by a bullet likely meant for one of the victims.

"I was just in there working and I hear, I'd say five, six gunshots went off," Switzer said.

"I heard, boom, boom, boom, I don't know how many shots, quite a few. So, how close it was, I ducked down. Thought they were shooting at me," said an anonymous witness that goes by "John."

He said when finally got up to take a look, he couldn't believe what he saw.

"Next thing I know, there's two people down here at the corner. One was shot in the face I guess, and one in the back," "John" said.

Police say the 15-year-old boy was shot in the face. They say it's unlikely he'll survive his injuries.

The other boy, just 17, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Police say he is also in serious condition.

"It's scary. It's getting worse around here," Switzer said.
      
Police say the shooting is likely gang related, but could have been much worse in an area that's full of homes and businesses.

"Today it hit a car. As you know, in other cases we've had when bullets have been fired, they've actually struck innocent bystanders. Thank goodness that wasn't the case today," said Capt. Rod Light with YPD.

Police say they have a brief description of a shooter, but have not made any arrests.

The shooting prompted two nearby schools to lockdown for over an hour Tuesday just as a precaution.

Again, they do believe the shooting was gang related.

We'll bring you updates on the victim's conditions as they become available.

 

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Yakima police say a 15-year-old and 17-year-old were the two victims in the shooting at the corner of 4th and Maple Streets earlier today.

The 17-year-old is being transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The 15-year-old is still at a Yakima area hospital, but is not expected to survive.

Police have not released their names. They believe the shooting is gang-related.

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Two men are in a local hospital in very serious condition after a shooting around 11 AM on the corner of 4th and Maple Street.

Police say the two victims were Hispanic in their late teens or early 20's. They say one man was shot in the head and the other in the mid to upper torso.

They believe the shooting is gang-related and was done by a group of people. Police are currently searching for any suspects.

Washington Middle School and Adams Elementary School are both on lockdown at this time.

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