Two men shot in Selah; gang activity may be the cause

---YAKIMA SHERIFF'S NEWS RELEASE--- On December 01, 2012 at approximately 1913 hours the Yakima County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of shots fired and a gunshot victim in the 900 block of Cabin Lane north of Selah. While deputies were en-route there were reports from two separate locations advising of gunshot victims and a vehicle chase with shots being fired.

Deputies from the Sheriff's Office, assisted by Selah and Union Gap Police Departments arrived in the area and found one gunshot victim, a 14 year old Hispanic male at a residence in the 900 block of Cabin Lane. A second gunshot victim, a 28 year old Hispanic male from the 500 block of Hull Rd. was contacted on North Wenas Rd. near Hexon Rd.. He was being transported by private vehicle to the hospital. There was a third report of a possible stabbing victim in the 500 block of Hull Rd. which was determined to be unfounded.

It was reported that the residents in the 900 block of Cabin Lane had just returned home. As they were parking they saw a vehicle described as a light colored van had followed them into their driveway without headlights. The residents at Cabin Lane confronted the three subjects in the van and a verbal exchange took place. The subjects in the van then opened fire with a handgun, at which point two of the residents from Cabin Lane drew their weapons and returned fire. The 14 year old gunshot victim was near the house and was struck once in the shoulder.

The twenty-eight year old victim was uncooperative and claimed to have no knowledge of whom shot him or what had taken place.

The van in question was located at a residence in the 500 block of Hull Rd.

Injuries to both subjects were not considered life threatening. The fourteen year old suffered a gunshot to the shoulder and the twenty-eight year old sustained a wound to the upper torso. Both were treated at separate local hospitals.

The reason for the confrontation is not known at this time and may possibly be gang related. The investigation is ongoing at this time and no arrests have been made.