Police: Gang related shooting at local grocery store

YAKIMA POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- On 4/14/13 at about 1250 hours Yakima police officers were dispatched to the area of S. 3rd St and E. Beech for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival the located a crime scene at a small grocery store in the 600 block S. 3rd St. The store clerk advised that several shots had been fired from the parking lot area towards the store. Both glass front doors had obvious damage to them, and evidence was located in the parking area and inside the store. As officers were processing the scene for evidence, a subject with a gunshot wound was dropped off at a local hospital. The victim sustained several gunshot wounds, none are considered life threatening at this time. The victim advised that as he and a friend were walking into the store, several subjects in the parking area shouted gang slurs at them and shot at them. The undescribed suspects fled in a black vehicle, possibly a Honda, south on 3rd St.

Further investigation at the scene revealed that the victim was also armed with a handgun at the time of the shooting, and shot back at the suspects. It is unknown if any of the suspects were struck by the return gunfire. This incident is gang related. No one is in custody at this time.

Detectives and the Gang Unit are conducting follow up investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Yakima Police Department at 575-6200 or 911.