Shooting suspect turns himself in to police

Tyler Richardson, Tri-City HeraldJuly 10, 2014 

Kenyetta Turner Court

Shooting suspect Kenyetta Turner, 30, makes his preliminary appearance Thursday in Franklin County Superior Court.

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The suspect in a shooting that left a Kennewick man with a bullet wound to the foot last month appeared in court Thursday after turning himself in to police.

Kenyetta T. Turner, 30, has been on the run from authorities since police said he opened fire on a car during a dispute the night of June 24. He was identified by multiple witnesses as the shooter.

Police stopped a car as it left the scene and found a 24-year-old Kennewick man shot, court documents said. A witness reported the sedan was the same car Turner allegedly shot at, though the injured man and driver denied being involved in the dispute.

Investigators found more than 25 9-mm shell casings at the corner of East Butte Street and South Douglas Avenue, court documents said.

Turner -- who goes by "Yada" -- turned himself in Wednesday night through his attorney, said Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond.

Warrants for his arrest on suspicion of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm were issued shortly after the shooting.

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers also offered a cash reward for information leading to his arrest.

Turner's bail was set at $100,000 during his appearance in Franklin County Superior Court. He will return to court Tuesday to enter a plea on the assault and firearm charges.

Another man faces a felony charge in connection with the shooting for allegedly driving Turner from the scene.

Sudric Scott Turner, 54, pleaded innocent earlier this month to first-degree rendering criminal assistance. He has a trial date set for Aug. 20 and jail logs show he posted bail and is out of custody.

It's unknown if Sudric and Kenyetta are related.

Sudric Turner lives about 50 feet from where the shooting took place and was arrested after returning home in the apparent getaway vehicle, a white truck, court documents said.

Sudric Turner refused to give a statement to officers and he was booked into jail.

Kenyetta Turner's mother was questioned during the investigation and she admitted her son had a pistol and fired into the occupied vehicle in self-defense, court documents said. The woman refused to tell officers where Kenyetta Turner may be hiding.

-- Tyler Richardson: 509-582-1556; trichardson@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @Ty_richardson

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