Federal gun agents have joined the investigation into the shooting of a motorcyclist north of Pasco on Friday.
An agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responded late in the day to the site of the shooting along Highway 395, said Trooper Chris Thorson with the Washington State Patrol.
The man on the motorcycle was hit in the leg by at least one bullet about 12:50 p.m. He was driving north on the highway between the King City Truck Stop and Foster Wells Road.
It’s not clear who shot him but three other motorcyclists were being questioned by investigators. Late Friday, it was not known if anyone was arrested.
WSP Detective Scott Neustel said the victim was taken to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco. His condition was not available.
Authorities initially had about six motorcyclists pulled over along the roadway. A pistol was reported found in the area.
The northbound lanes of the highway were closed twice by investigators as they tried to sort out what happened. Friday afternoon and evening traffic backed up for miles. One lane remained closed as of 8 p.m.
“It’s a felony investigation right now,” Thorson said.
Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant visited the scene, and Pasco and Franklin County law enforcement officers are helping the state patrol with the investigation.
Jake Dorsey: 509-582-1405, @tricityherald