Police and the Tri-City Regional SWAT Team surrounded an apartment complex in Pasco on Friday night in an unsuccessful search for DeShawn Anderson, a person of interest in a shooting earlier this week that left three men injured.
Authorities had received “credible information” that Anderson, 18, was in an apartment on the 6400 block of Chapel Hill Boulevard with others, and possibly armed, said Pasco Capt. Ken Roske.
SWAT swarmed the complex and fired flash grenades in an attempt to force Anderson out. Nearby residents were evacuated and the street was cordoned off.
After several hours, police entered the apartment, and Anderson wasn’t there.
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“He’s not in there, so we are still looking for him,” Roske said.
Police want to question him about a Nov. 18 shooting on the 800 block of West Margaret. Three people suffered non-life threatening injuries when two armed men fired close to 20 rounds into their car.
Police said the shooting was the first of three this week that likely were sparked by gang tensions in the Pasco area. In all, one man died and five others were injured.
Anthony Guerrero, 20, died hours after being shot multiple times Nov. 19 as he sat in a parked car on West Marie Street with two friends, police said. A 21-year-old man seriously injured in the shooting was stable Friday and recovering. Another man suffered non-life threatening wounds.
Authorities told the Herald the victims in both shootings are Pasco men and range in age from 18 to 21 years old. They asked that the victims not be named to protect their safety. Police said the injured are expected to recover.
Friends said Guerrero was hanging out in the neighborhood on West Marie Street and had no gang affiliations. They described him as a family man with a passion for life.
Officials ruled Guerrero’s death a homicide Friday following an autopsy.
Police are working to identify suspects in all three shootings, said Capt. Jim Raymond, police spokesman. Investigators have reportedly received little cooperation from victims.
“We are just going to keep pounding the pavement and following the leads,” Raymond said.
The eruption of violence started with the Nov. 18 West Margaret Street shooting.
Less than 24 hours later, gunmen targeted Guerrero and his two friends just blocks away. The two suspects who walked up to the car shot the three victims multiple times.
Within 30 minutes of the second shooting, a house a few miles away on North Cedar Avenue was shot at in a drive-by, police said. The home apparently was empty. No one reported any injuries.
Police said the incidents brought the number of gang-related shootings this year in Pasco to at least 10.
Police officials understand residents’ concerns about safety and investigators are working to try and make arrests in the cases, said Raymond, who recently was elected Franklin County sheriff.
“If you’re not involved in (gangs), I think neighbors are pretty safe,” he said. “I understand their alarm and loss of feeling safe. We are certainty trying to reach out and help them alleviate some of those feelings.”
Anyone with information about the shootings can call police at 509-545-3510. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 509-586-8477, 800-222-8477 or www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.