Police: Innocent man shot by stray bullet while sleeping
YAKIMA, Wash. -- A drug-related shooting left an innocent man shot in his own bed while he was sleeping. It caused Adams Elementary School to go on lockdown for an hour.
"We heard six gun shots," said neighbor Maudie Schickert.
It was a frightening wake-up call for people living along South Naches Avenue.
Schickert said she heard gunshots coming from behind her home and someone shouting for help.
"He comes across the median here and he was holding his abdomen and he was asking for help," said Schickert.
She spotted a 38-year-old man shot twice in the chest. Schickert called 9-1-1 and rushed her three grandchildren out of harm's way.
Yakima police said there was a fight about drugs. Not only was the one man hit, but an innocent bystander got caught up in the gunfire.
He was hit in the shoulder as he slept in bed. Luckily, it was just a flesh wound.
Action News learned Schickert is a veteran of hearing random gunfire at her home on South Naches.
"This is not the first time I've had bullet wounds in the front of my house," she said.
Police said the fight began in an alley near Schickert's home. They think there was an issue over drugs. When the man started to run away he was shot, but he's not saying who shot him.
"The primary deal is to protect these little ones. This is what I worry about because things aren't getting better, if anything they're getting worse," Schickert said.
The shooting was before school started. The lockdown at Adams was lifted after an hour and the school day went on as normal.