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Detectives Looking Into Justification for Terrace Heights Shooting


No arrests, but the investigation into a Sunday shooting in Terrace Heights continues.

A 17-year-old was shot in the leg by an 18-year-old man after authorities say the 17-year-old and another person were trying to steal items from a car in Terrace Heights.

Detective Sgt. Mike Russell with the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation is now focused on the 18-year-old shooter.

Did he feel the need to shoot? Apparently so. Why did he feel that need? Did he realize some danger that perhaps we’re not aware of at this time? We just have to take a closer look at everything to determine if the shooting was justified.

Russell says the 18-year-old fired the shot at the suspect as he was running away. He says the 18-year-old was house sitting in the 300 block of Roza Drive when the incident began early Sunday morning.

The 17-year-old suspect was taken to Harborview in Seattle for treatment. No arrests have been made and no identities have been released.

Russell says authorities are still searching for the second suspect.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the county sheriff’s office at 574-2500.

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