Police searching for a 15-year-old who shot and killed another teen
YAKIMA, Wash. - Luis Enrique Medina-Beltran just turned 15 years-old earlier this month and police say he shot and killed Napoleon Prado yesterday.
The 17-year-old was gunned down in a front yard on the 300 block of S. 7th Street and police have two of the three suspects in custody.
Police said they are still searching for Medina-Beltran.
Usually we don't give out the names of minors accused of crimes, but because police said he's armed and dangerous and are asking for help, we are this time.
Police said Prado was walking down the street when he was approached by a group of teenagers. They say an argument broke out and one of the teens pulled out a gun shooting Prado multiple times. The teens then jumped into a white Chevy Impala and drove off.
Police responded to a call reporting gunshots in the area at 9:43 a.m. yesterday.
Responders found Prado lying on the sidewalk suffering from multiple gun shots wounds.
He was transferred to Astria Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Yakima County Coroner Jack Hawkins performed an autopsy on Prado’s body and said he bled to death from multiple gunshot wounds.
"His lungs were hit and mainly the blow was to the lungs, but he bled to death due to blows to the body," he said.
Yakima Police Spokesperson Mike Bastinelli said the benefit of witnesses and video surveillance in the daytime was helpful in the investigation.
"Well, it's always important that we get as much evidence as possible and when we have cooperation from witnesses it makes our job much easier," he said.
He said witnesses were able to identify the gunman's car and local business' surveillance video was able to show where it was headed, leading police to the one of the suspects' apartments.
Police arrested 18-year-old Roberto Morales-Penaloza and a 17-year-old last night at their homes.
Morales-Penaloza appeared in court today and is charged with rendering criminal assistance and is being held on $50,000 bail.
Police said the shooting was gang related because all the suspects have gang ties.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts, is asked to call 9-1-1 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-248-9980.
Information can be reported to Crime Stoppers anonymously and could earn you a cash reward of up to $1,000.