Toppenish police arrest four in drive-by shooting match
TOPPENISH, Wash. - Police say no one was injured after gunshots were fired between a Honda Accord and a Dodge truck at Western Gas.
Toppenish police (TPD) officers said they received multiple reports of a shooting at Western Gas on Elm Street around 10:55 p.m., Monday.
Avigail Moreno said she was pumping gas across the street when she heard an argument but didn't think anything of it until she heard gunfire.
"I got scared because I had my kid so I had to run back to my car and then I heard gunshots and it was just crazy," she said. "It was just fired back at each other, the cars."
She said she had her six month old son in the car and she heard nine shots.
According to police, one officer in the area heard the gunshots and went to the store to find a car with a damaged windshield and frame driving away. The officer tried to stop the car but the driver sped off, starting a chase.
Police said the driver lost control of the car while turning and officers were able to arrest both the driver and passenger.
The other suspects were in a Dodge truck. The passenger was arrested on scene but the driver fled. TPD said they caught the driver when he later drove by the scene of the shooting.
Police said the passenger of the truck and the driver of the car were the ones who fired shots.
Moreno said she was worried a stray bullet could have hit her or her son.
"They were just shooting at each other, it was scary you know because you never know if one of those bullets can get you," she said.
The manager at Topp Stop gas station across the street said he didn't hear anything and they didn't know about the shooting until this morning.
Employees at the Safeway gas station across the street said they were closed when the shooting happened but they think it's a shame something like this would happen because a stray bullet could hit a bystander.
According to police, no injuries have been reported and the four suspects are in custody. They are being charged with first degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and drive-by shooting.
TPD are not releasing the names of the suspects at this time due to the investigation but said all suspects are in their mid to late 20s.