YAKIMA — Two men were shot within minutes of one another less than an hour into the new year.
Police said the shootings did not appear to be related; although both were men were struck by gunfire from passing vehicles.
The first incident was reported at 12:22 a.m., when police responded to a local hospital, where 26-year-old man was being treated for gunshot wounds to the leg and torso.
Police said he had been shot while sitting in his vehicle, which was parked outside his home in the 500 block of North Sixth Street, when a second vehicle pulled up next to his and opened fire. Police called the shooting gang-related and said the man’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Fourteen minutes later, police received reports of a second shooting in the 900 block of North Fifth Avenue.
A 27-year-old man was walking with friends when a green vehicle pulled up next to them and the front passenger opened fire, striking the man once in the leg, police said. The man was taken to a local hospital and was expected to be released Tuesday, police said.
While the man does not have gang ties, the shooting is considered gang-related, police said.
Both shootings remain under investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Yakima Police Department at 509-575-6200.