GRANDVIEW, Wash. — A 42-year-old man was transferred to Harborview Medical Center after being shot Tuesday night in an apparent drive-by.
The man, who neighbors said has children, was taken first to Sunnyside Community Hospital and later to Harborview in Seattle, Grandview police said in a news release.
Authorities have not released the man’s name.
Several shots were fired shortly before 9 p.m. in the 200 block of Avenue E, less than a block away from the city swimming pool, which was placed on lockdown after the incident, police said.
Investigators suspect the man was not the intended target of the gunfire, the release said.
They believe the shooting was gang-related and several people with gang connections were in the area at the time, the release said. However, the victim was not a gang member, police said.
More than a dozen officers spent late Tuesday searching for bullet casings and other evidence outside the house, located on a residential street just a few blocks west of downtown.
A neighbor said the man was sitting in a lawn chair in his front yard when somebody inside a silver Chevrolet sedan fired several shots at him. Three or four people were in the car, which then drove off to the north, he said.
Three bullets struck the man, two in the leg and one in the back, while others pierced the house window and shattered concrete or brick steps on the front porch, said the neighbor, who rushed to help and called police.
The neighbor asked not to be identified.
The two men were not close but the neighbor said they had known each other from the block all their lives. The victim is known for playing with his children, tinkering under the hood of his truck and working long hours, he said.