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One Killed in Late Night Wapato Gang Shooting

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WAPATO, Wash.-- One person is dead and three others are injured after a violent attack in Wapato.

It happened just before midnight, Sunday evening, in the area of North Track Road near Donald Wapato Road. A fairly busy intersection and neighborhood. A place, police say, has its fair share of gang violence.

"This is a known gang house to us. It's a known Norteno hangout and it's been the victim of multiple drive-by's in the past," said Chief Tracy Rosenow with the Wapato Police Department.

Three people were shot at the home, one of which died, and police say even after a nearly ten hour investigation, they're no closure to catching any suspects.

"When we make contact with the victims in an attempt to solve these cases, we get stone walled. Essentially we get told that they're not going to discuss it with us," said Rosenow.

Chief Rosenow says gang members rarely cooperate with police, which can be frustrating and hinder the investigation.

He also says one of the men shot last night has a history of not talking. He says the man was shot in the head this past February at the Crossroads Market, only about two blocks from this latest crime scene.           
     
"It's not surprising to me that we have a victim twice," said Chief Rosenow.

He says investigators believe the victims know who pulled the trigger in both February's incident and last night's.

"The shooting was up close and personal. There is no way that the victims could not have seen the suspect's face and or known who they were," said Chief Rosenow.

Investigators say Abel Velazquez, 19, was killed by a single bullet to the torso.

Two others were shot, a 17-year-old boy, and Marlowe Olney,26, but they're expected to be okay.

Chief Rosenow says the investigation into the homicide is ongoing, but without help from the witnesses or victims, it's going to be tough to make an arrest in this case.

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