YAKIMA, Wash. — One man was badly wounded and another man was nicked by a stray bullet in a shooting Thursday morning in the 500 block of South Naches Avenue in Yakima.
The first man, age 38, suffered at least two life-threatening gunshot wounds to the torso, Detective Sgt. Tim Bardwell said. An update on his condition was not available.
The second man, age 33, was grazed in the shoulder by a stray bullet.
“He was in a house across the street, in an upstairs bedroom,” said Bardwell, adding, “As near as we can tell, he had nothing to do with the initial incident.”
He was treated at the scene, Bardwell said.
The shooting occurred at 7 a.m. on the southwest corner of Naches Avenue and Maple Street, a few blocks from the Southeast Yakima Community Center and Washington Middle School.
Bardwell said investigators believe the older man was shot as he fled an altercation with one or more people in the east alley.
That man did not provide investigators with information about the assailants, and motive was not immediately clear.
“There’s no indication of gang involvement,” Bardwell said. “We found some drug paraphernalia at the scene, but it’s not clear if that played a role in this.”
The neighborhood has been the scene of many shootings over the years, many of them gang-related.
In January, two teenagers were wounded in a shooting a block away at Fourth Street and Maple.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to call Yakima police during business hours at 509-575-6200 or, after 5 p.m., at 911.