Buildings and Cars Hit as Bullets Fly at Chesterly Park
A shooting at Yakima's Chesterly Park has police searching for suspects and doing all they can to cut down gun related violence in the city while hoping no innocent people get hurt. Capt. Jay Seely says lots of bullets were flying near the YMCA Aquatic Center at Chesterly Park on north 40th Avenue Friday Afternoon.
POLICE FOUND 13 SHELL CASINGS IN THE PARKING LOT
Police found 13 .45 caliber shell casings in the parking lot. A bullet reportedly hit the YMCA building and a nearby house on the corner of 40th and River Road. No injuries were reported but two cars were struck that were parked in the parking lot.
POLICE HAVE A SUSPECT VEHICLE
Police searched for suspects and later found a vehicle in the 2400 block of Castlevale Road. Police say the vehicle "many bullet strikes in the car." Investigators also found some spent shell casings and a small amount of blood on the drivers seat. They impounded the car as the search for the driver and others continue. Police thought that maybe a victim from the shooting would show up at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital but so far there's no reports of that happening.
The investigation continues today.
RELATED STORY: POLICE STILL SEARCHING FOR SUSPECTS IN ANOTHER SHOOTING
Police are still searching for two brothers wanted for a gang related shooting earlier last month. The shooting was reported June 14 when a 17-year-old gang member was shot as he was riding in a vehicle with his mother at the intersection of 16th Avenue and Fruitvale Blvd.
Authorities are searching for 19-year-old Jesus Mendoza-Garcia and 17-year-old Alonzo Mendoza-Garcia. Both are charged with first-degree assault and drive by shooting for the shooting on June 14 in which innocent people standing nearby the intersection came close to also being injured by flying bullets.
POLICE SAY THE SUSPECTS FOLLOWED THE VICTIM FROM OIC
Police say the two followed the 17-year-old victim after his mother picked him up from OIC where he and the shooters attended school. They followed the teen and his mother before shooting the 17-year-old as he sat in a car with his mother at the intersection of 16th Avenue and Fruitvale Blvd. at about 12:30 p.m. on June 14. His mother was not injured. The shooters fled the area and have yet to be arrested.
A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for the brothers with bail set at $1 million.
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