For the second time in less than a year, a young man has been shot to death near the same northeast Yakima intersection of North Eighth and D streets.
In both cases, the victims were 23 years old and neither appeared to have gang ties, according to Yakima police. No arrests have been made in either case.
The latest incident was reported Sunday night. Police said Cowiche resident Jared Scroggins, 23, was walking with a friend in the area shortly after 10:30 p.m. when he was shot once in the abdomen. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police said a 17-year-old boy walking with Scroggins reported that shots were fired by an unknown assailant.
His death, which marks the city of Yakima’s fourth homicide this year, was the second unexplained shooting near North Eighth and D streets.
On April 29, 23-year-old Shawn Martinez was gunned down near the same intersection.
It was a Friday night and, according to a relative, Martinez had gone to buy a soda at the Eighth Street Market & Deli.
Martinez was struck multiple times in the head, chest and arms. Described as a laid-back young man who gave up boxing because he didn’t like hurting people, his death shocked family members.
“They killed him for no rhyme or reason,” his uncle Shane Gaddiz said at the time. “If your nephew or cousin is out gang banging, you expect that. But Shawn was a good kid.”
“Nobody can understand why somebody would shoot Shawn,” Gaddiz said. “He didn’t deserve this. He was a good kid.”