Three people are in custody, with another suspect at large following multiple shootings that left five dead in the White Swan area Saturday night, according to information from the Yakama Nation and Yakima County Sheriff Robert Udell.
The Nation had said in a statement Sunday afternoon that all suspects had been apprehended, before releasing another statement in the evening alerting the public to one suspect still on the loose “due to misidentification.”
The new statement released at 5 p.m. said that James Cloud, 35, was still being sought by law enforcement and “is considered armed and extremely dangerous.”
Any one seeing Cloud should immediately call 911, the Yakama Nation Police or Yakima County Sheriff’s Office. Cloud also has a federal warrant for assault with a dangerous weapon, the sheriff’s office said.
Three “people of interest” are in custody, the sheriff’s office said.
Four of the victims were killed in the 5100 block of Medicine Valley Road near White Swan, with a fifth victim found dead in a vehicle in the 3400 block of Evans Road, a statement from the sheriff’s office said. The incident led to an armed robbery of a vehicle in the 9400 block of Evans Road, where no one was hurt. The homicides and injuries on Medicine Valley Road, Evans Road and the robbery are all related with the same suspects, the sheriff’s office said.
Law enforcement is not yet releasing a cause of death for the victims, nor their names. All five victims are with the Yakima County Coroner and further information will be released in the coming days.
“Five homicide victims in one incident is very unusual, and the primary crime scene was complex,” the sheriff’s office statement said.
The entire incident occurred within the external boundaries of the Yakama Nation Reservation, and the Yakama Nation Police Department requested additional law enforcement support.
The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Yakama Nation Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigations are jointly investigating the shootings, according to FBI public affairs officer Jillian Voigt. She confirmed that five had been killed but did not provide other information as of Sunday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office referred all questions to the FBI. The Washington State Patrol crime scene team and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office also provided assistance.
Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice confirmed earlier Sunday afternoon that his office was in possession of the bodies of two victims who both had apparent gunshot wounds.
That early report indicated that one of the two victims had initially been taken to Astria Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound before dying. The other was picked up on Evans Road in White Swan Saturday night and was transferred to the Yakima County morgue, Curtice had said.
He said he was hopeful that autopsies would be completed by Wednesday, although they were still being scheduled.
The shootings together bring the number of homicides in Yakima County to 17 this year.