Man in critical condition after Grandview drive-by shooting

Tri-City HeraldJuly 31, 2013 

A 42-year-old man is in critical condition at a Seattle hospital after he was injured Tuesday night in an apparent drive-by shooting in Grandview, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported.

The man, who neighbors said has children, was taken last night to Sunnyside Community Hospital and later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Grandview police said in a news release.

Authorities have not released the victim's name.

Several shots were fired shortly before 9 p.m. in the 200 block of Avenue E, less than a block away from the city swimming pool, which was placed on lockdown after the incident, police told the Herald-Republic.

Investigators suspect the man was not the intended target of the gunfire, the release said.

They believe the shooting was gang-related and several people with gang connections were in the area at the time, the release said. However, the man was not a member himself, police said.

More than a dozen officers spent late Tuesday evening searching for bullet casings and physical evidence outside the house on a residential street about just a few blocks west of downtown.

A neighbor said the victim was sitting in a lawn chair in his front yard when somebody inside a silver Chevrolet sedan fired several shot at him. Three or four people were in the car, which then drove off to the north, he said.

Three bullets struck the man, two in the leg and one in the back, while others pierced the house window and shattered some cement or brick steps on the front porch, said the neighbor, who rushed to help and called police.

The neighbor asked not to be identified to avoid gang reprisals.

However, he agreed with police that the victim was not connected with gangs.

The two men were not close but the neighbor said they had known each other from the block all their lives. The victim was known for playing with his children, tinkering under the hood of his truck and working long hours, he said.

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