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Gunfire Exchanged Second Time This Week In Quiet Kennewick Neighborhood

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A Kennewick neighborhood is recovering after an overnight shooting Monday. This is the same place where a hostage situation turned into a lengthy standoff last week. A Kennewick neighborhood is recovering after an overnight shooting Monday. This is the same place where a hostage situation turned into a lengthy standoff last week.
KENNEWICK, WA - A Kennewick neighborhood is recovering after an overnight shooting Monday.

It happened near West 21st Avenue and South Rainier Street, and police say it was gang related. This is the same place where a hostage situation turned into a lengthy standoff last week.

One thing officers definitely want to stress is that in no way are these two incidents related. That doesn't change how people in the neighborhood are feeling. The usually quiet area is no longer quiet and the people who live there tell NBC Right Now they're not going to take it.

"You have to realize that when it comes to gang activity it can happen anywhere and any place. If you think you live in a neighborhood that's safe from it, you're living in a dream because it's not. It permeates every fabric of our society here in the Tri-Cities," said Sergeant Ken Lattin.

Two dozen rounds were shot off shattering glass into people's faces, through children's windows and right through one man's truck. It's not clear why the shooting started. The group of people who were shot at are being called victims.

"Put victims in quotes. They didn't initiate it but they didn't have a problem finishing it," said Lattin.

It’s believed those “victims” did in fact return fire. After the shooting they got in a car and drove off quickly. They somehow crashed a couple blocks away near 15th Avenue.

"All the shots, it's getting to be too much," said Kyle Call who lives right in between both incidents.

There are bullet holes in Call's window. Last month he and his wife brought home their newborn baby. He tells NBC Right Now after the hostage situation next door and a shootout right in front of his home he's packing up and moving to Richland.

"We're afraid to go outside because of you people. That's just the harsh truth of it. You guys have ruined a lot of people's lives over the course of this."

With a crime tax on the upcoming primary ballot in Benton County, Call says there's no way he's not voting to pass it. He thinks more patrols and gang counseling could prevent a lot of these issues that seem to be turning his neighborhood into what seems like a daily crime scene.

"Everybody in this neighborhood has a family, everybody. We're all looking out for everybody's best interest but it just takes one person to mess it up."

The suspects who initiated the shooting have not yet been identified or found and the “victims” who have previous criminal records themselves have not cooperated with police in answering their questions. Police say they will have officers run extra patrols through the neighborhood. 
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