A wild shootout a week ago between two cars near Grandview has resulted in multiple felony charges against a 41-year-old Mabton man and his 19-year-old son.
Juan Martinez Nava and his son Antonio DeJesus Madera were charged Thursday in Yakima County Superior Court with four counts each of first-degree assault and one count each of drive-by shooting.
According to the probable-cause statement, the shooting occurred at 11:35 a.m. June 29 when the occupants of a red Volkswagen van opened fire on a white Chevrolet Cavalier on Mountainview Road.
Yakima County sheriff's deputies said the occupants of the Cavalier returned fire, leading to a rolling shootout that damaged both vehicles and probably wounded a passenger in the Cavalier.
Nava and Madera were later arrested as the occupants of the VW van, leading to the seizure of a .22-caliber rifle after the van was impounded.
During the gunfight, several bullets kicked up dirt near pickers working a cherry orchard, resulting in several of the assault charges.
Police said the shooting was in retaliation for a drive-by hours earlier in Mabton that wounded another son of Nava.
In that incident, shortly after midnight June 29, someone in a white car similar to the Cavalier allegedly opened fire on a house in the 200 block of Third Avenue.
Wounded in the attack was Juan Pablo Madera, 21, a documented gang member who previously, according to Mabton police, has been shot in the face. This time he was shot in the back. Police said the wound was not life-threatening.
Hours after the retaliatory shooting, Mabton police arrested Adalberto Brito, 18, after a short chase on Euclid Avenue. Police said Brito jumped from a Cavalier while it was still rolling, forcing an officer to use his patrol car to stop the runaway vehicle.
Afterward, police reported the discovery of a stolen .357-Magnum revolver under the driver seat of the Cavalier. Brito was transferred to the Yakima County jail midweek and is expected to face charges in the case.
The perpetrator of the original drive-by on Third Avenue in Mabton remains under investigation. Brito's passenger during the shootout on Mountainview also remains under investigation.
Deputies said the passenger to date has been identified only as "Smokey." They said blood was on the passenger seat of the Cavalier, suggesting Smokey had been injured.