Six suspects are still being sought in a suspected gang-related shooting in Pasco where a 17-year-old girl was shot in the head but not seriously hurt, police said.
The victim, who was in the car that was shot as it drove down the street, was also cut by flying glass, said Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond.
The girl's injuries were not life-threatening, he said. No one else in the car was hurt during the shooting that happened in the 800 block of North Cedar Street about 10 p.m. Wednesday.
When officers arrived in the area, they spotted the victim's vehicle in the middle of the street with obvious damage to the glass, Raymond said.
Officers said the victim and others were on Cedar Street when a gold Honda was seen driving erratically up to the victim's vehicle, he said.
The Honda had up to six younger males inside and several gunshots were fired from the Honda as it passed, Raymond said.
Officers found the abandoned Honda a short time later crashed at the intersection of Parkview Boulevard and Beech Avenue. Police were not able to find the suspects.
The Honda was seized so it could be searched for evidence.
Smoking likely cause of fire in Kennewick
The cause of Monday's fire at a Kennewick four-plex is still undetermined, but fire officials say it likely was caused by careless smoking.
Fire investigators determined the blaze started in the porch area of the bottom unit at 6702 W. First Ave., said Kennewick Fire Marshal Mark Yaden.
The fire was reported at 2:14 a.m. but likely had smoldered in the walls for several hours, he said. The flames extended up to the second-floor balcony then spread through both units.
The other two units had some smoke and water damage.
Investigators said the found a coffee can right in the area where the fire was burning that had been used as an ashtray. There also were reports that people were smoking in that area at 9:30 p.m., he said.
"We don't have conclusive evidence to prove this because everything burned away, but it just certainly fits the scenarios of a cigarette either being blown out of that or igniting the can on fire and catching the wall on fire," Yaden told the Herald.
He said it looked like the fire spread to an interior wall with the help of a 15-mph wind that morning.
"It's like somebody blowing on barbecue coals or something like that," he said.
Four families with children ranging in age from infant to teen managed to escape, likely because of a outside smoke alarm.
A woman in a second-floor unit heard the alarm, saw the flames and got everyone out by banging on the doors.
The building is owned by Domestic Violence Services of Benton and Franklin Counties and the units were being used as transitional housing for two families of domestic violence. Two other apartments were being used for families assisted by Ellijah Family Homes.
Donations are being accepted to help the families. Donations can be dropped off at Domestic Violence Services, at 3311 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite C140. Anyone with questions can call 735-1295.
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