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UPDATE: Selah man charged in connection with Moneytree shooting

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YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A Yakima County man has been charged with aggravated murder and burglary in connection with the fatal shootings of two women as they were opening a payday lending business.
Prosecutors filed the charges Wednesday against 26-year-old Manuel Enrique Verduzco, of Selah.
They say he shot 27-year-old Karina Morales-Rodrigues and 30-year-old Martha Martinez outside the Moneytree store on Saturday.
Police say employees identified Verduzco from store surveillance footage of the attack. The suspect is a former employee of the business.
Authorities are still investigating the incident and have not yet determined a motive for the killing.
Verduzco was arrested at his parents' Yakima home without incident on Saturday. He's being held on $1 million bail.


UPDATE MONDAY 11:00 a.m.

YAKIMA, WA - Yakima Police say the Moneytree double homicide suspect, Manuel Verduzco, 26, is also a former employee of Moneytree.

Verduzco is suspected of killing two Moneytree employees, Karina Morales-Rodrigues and Marta Martinez, Saturday morning outside store.



YAKIMA, WA- Yakima Police say they have arrested 26-year-old Manuel Verduzco in connection to the deaths of 27-year-old Karina Morales-Rodrigues and 30-year-old Marta Martinez. Both women were Moneytree employees at the location near Walnut and First Street where the shooting occurred this morning. 

Yakima police say the two women were confronted by a suspect while they were opening the business Saturday morning. Verduzco was identified as a possible suspect through an investigation. More information came to light later in the day that led to Verduzco's arrest Saturday afternoon. He is booked into the Yakima County Jail on two counts of first degree murder. Police do not believe anyone else is involved in the shooting at this point.

"This is an active and ongoing investigation. Detectives are still in the process of obtaining search warrants, processing evidence, and speaking to persons who may have information on this case," Captain Jeff Schneider told NBC Right Now in a press release.



YAKIMA, WA- After an early morning shooting claimed the lives of two women in front of the Moneytree near South First Street, the company's President, Aggie Clark sent a statement to the public:

"We are extremely shocked and saddened by the grave incident that took place at our Yakima branch early Saturday morning. All of Moneytree joins together to mourn the loss of our two Team Members who were brutally shot and killed. We appreciate the quick response from the Yakima police department and their diligent and ongoing efforts to apprehend those responsible. Our thoughts and prayers go out to our Team Members and their families during this horrible tragedy." -Aggie Clark, Moneytree President"

The company confirms to NBC Right Now the two female victims were employees at the business. Right now, detectives with Yakima Police are actively investigating the shooting and have not publicly identified any suspect or suspects. Both women died due to injuries from gunshot wounds. One of the women was found in front of the business door, the other in the street.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.



YAKIMA, WA- The Yakima Police Department is investigating a shooting around 6 a.m. where two women were found dead outside Moneytree near 1st Street and Walnut Street in Yakima. 

Right now, 2nd Street to 2nd Avenue is closed off due to the investigation. YPD asks that people avoid the area.  This story will be updated as more information becomes available.