TOPPENISH, Wash. -- Authorities say at least six people were wounded by birdshot in an early morning shooting about 9 miles west of Toppenish.

Someone fired a shotgun following a fight that broke out at a large party shortly after 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 8000 block of Lateral C Road. Six people were hit with birdshot from the shotgun blast. Injuries ranged from minor to serious, but none were life-threatening, said Yakima County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Mike Russell.

Investigators pulled over a vehicle matching the description of the one involved and detained the two people inside. One of them, an 18-year-old Toppenish man, was arrested for felony assault and drive-by shooting charges, Russell said.

Detectives continue their investigation into the shooting and ask anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s office at 509-574-2500 or 800-248-9980. Tips, including anonymous ones, can be called into Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at 509-248-9980, or on the website at


Every day Yakima Police officers respond to hundreds of calls, and here you can see details of the last 30 days of incidents.

This story has been updated to show that two people were detained inside the vehicle.

Desk phone: (509) 759-7853


How much crime happens in your town?

We used the latest crime rate data from the FBI to illustrate how much crime happens in every part of the Yakima Valley.

First, select a Yakima County law enforcement agency from the left drop down menu. Then select a type of crime from the right menu to see how your town compares.

Crimes reported

Crime rate per 100,000 people

Washington State Rate

United States Rate

Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reports

Crime rates are reported as the number of incidents known of by law enforcement per 100,000 people living in the jurisdiction.
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.