Police investigate after a shooting Monday, in the 700 block of South Ninth Avenue in Yakima. Two victims were struck by gunfire and a third victim was hit by a vehicle.

Yakima police are “throwing every resource we have” at the investigation of a Monday afternoon shooting that left one dead, one wounded and one hit by a car.

“We have the entire detective division working on this, and we have the gang unit working on it,” said Capt. Jay Seely, who commands the detective division.

An autopsy has been scheduled Wednesday for one of the shooting victims, 20-year-old Matthew Munoz of Toppenish, Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said.

His death is the 22nd homicide in the county this year, and the sixth in the city.

Seely did not have information on the condition of the other two people, other than that they were still hospitalized as of late Tuesday afternoon.

A fight broke out between two groups of people in the 700 block of South Ninth Avenue shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, according to police. During the fight, two people were shot, while a third person was hit by a car.

Police are searching for a red Ford Escort that was seen speeding away from the scene.

Police say the incident was gang-related.

Seely said several people who witnessed the fight have come forward with details.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Yakima police at 509-575-6200 or Yakima County Crime Stoppers at 800-248-9980. Tips can also be submitted online at http://www.crimestoppersyakco.org.

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Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

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1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
2Wapato's data for 2018 is not reliable.