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Raheem’a Tighee George, 18, was arraigned Monday in Yakima County Superior Court on first-degree assault charges in connection with a Toppenish shooting last year.

He’s accused of shooting a 29-year-old man on Aug. 8, 2018, according to charging documents. A 28-year-old woman, also in the car, was not injured.

The two were sitting in a Cadillac Escalade in the 100 block of South E Street when shots were fired into their vehicle, according to a probable cause affidavit by Toppenish Police.

George was with a 21-year-old man, Santana Nico Rocha, when the shooting occurred, the affidavit said. George told Rocha to shoot at the victim, saying he belonged to a rival gang, the affidavit said.

Rocha shot, but began to run away when the victim emerged from the Escalade and returned fire, the affidavit said.

The victim began to chase the initial shooter but was shot by George, who intervened, the affidavit said.

George faces two counts of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Rocha was sentenced to 10 years in prison last month after pleading guilty to first-degree assault.

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1The FBI says it believes the Yakima County Sheriff's Office under reported the number of incidents in 2018
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