Police Continue To Investigate Wednesday Shooting
Yakima Police Capt. Jay Seely says 4 juveniles involved in a drive-by shooting on Wednesday were arrogant when they were taken into custody after a car they were in crashed into a school bus following a drive-by shooting earlier in the day. The 4 juveniles range in age from 15 to 17-years-old. Two were released and two were arrested. The two juveniles arrested face numerous charges including assault. Bail was set at $50,000 each during an appearance Thursday in Yakima County Juvenile Court. Both are being held in the juvenile jail.
Seely says he doesn't believe two victim gang members were shot in retaliation to a gang related killing in Yakima last year. Seely and other officers say they believe a gang war is coming and will involve gang members from outside the area. He doesn't think Wednesday's shootings were connected to the killing last year. But Seely says they are part of Yakima's ongoing gang problem in which police say they're seeing younger gang members than they've seen in the past.
On Wednesday a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old were both injured in drive-by shootings. Both are expected to survive the injuries considered non-life threatening. Seely says the shootings and the crash on Wednesday could have been much worse for both the suspects and the victims especially the bus driver who was injured by her airbag. He's glad no one was seriously injured or died.
Seely says the suspects all survived a horrific rollover crash after hitting the bus, but all emerged arrogant with one even found carrying a gun.
Police say the two victim gang members are reluctant to talk with police as the investigation continues Today.