One Shooting, One School Lockdown, Two Gang Members Arrested
A gang related shooting in which no one was injured forced the lockdown of Robertson Elementary School on Tuesday. Yakima Police say the shooting was reported in the area of 24th and Englewood Avenue at about 10:45AM.
POLICE SAY ALL THREE INVOLVED IN THE SHOOTING ARE GANG MEMBERS
A 23-year-old man riding his scooter in the area told police he exchanged words with two 16-year-old gang members who were walking by. One of the teens pulled out a gun and fired shots at the victim as he fled the area. He was not injured. People in the area called police about the shooting and Robertson Elementary was placed on lockdown while police searched the neighborhood for the two juveniles.
POLICE SWAT TEAM MEMBERS WERE TRAINING IN THE AREA
It didn't take police long to get to the area since the Yakima Police Department SWAT team and a police K9 were training in the area. A press release says the "two juveniles were located and arrested as they tried to hide near the 2600 block of Wally Lane."
Yakima Police Department K9 Zorro located a pistol hidden in a plastic bag and buried near where the juveniles were arrested. Yakima Police Capt. Jay Seely says
“YPD’s gang unit has taken over the investigation. The shooting was captured on security surveillance video,”
POLICE ARRESTED TWO WANTED GANG MEMBERS ON TUESDAY
On Tuesday three detectives from the Yakima Police Department’s Gang Unit, along with an agent from Homeland Security Investigations flew to San Diego to pickup Efren and Isidro Acevedo and return them to Yakima. The two local gang members are wanted in connection with the September 14 gang related shooting at 6th Street and Lincoln. Police say the two chased a car load of other gang members to the area and opened fire on them. Both were arrested as they attempted to return into the United States along the San Diego-Mexico border after fleeing to Mexico after the shooting. Both face charges of 2 Counts of First-Degree Assault, Drive-By Shooting, and Second-Degree Possession of a Firearm. Both are being held in the Yakima County jail.
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