A deadly Aug. 11 shooting in Connell does not appear to be related to a triple homicide two days earlier in Benton County, officials said Monday.
Fernando Gonzalez, 18, of Connell, was charged last week with second-degree murder related to the shooting death of John Bounhomsavanh, 32, of Pasco.
Gonzalez claimed that he was interrupting a burglary when he shot Bounhomsavanh, as the victim and his friends rushed into the Connell apartment where Gonzalez was staying.
“The exact motive for this shooting is still under investigation, but the current investigation indicates that the shooting is unrelated to any other homicides or related crimes and was a confrontation between Fernando Gonzalez and John D. Bounhomsavanh,” said Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant at a Monday press conference.
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Sant said he called the news conference because of concerns from residents who thought the shooting might have been related to the Benton County shooting.
The bodies of Abigail Torres-Renteria, David Perez-Saucedo and Victoria Torres were found early Aug. 11 in a cornfield south of Finley. Francisco Javier Resendiz Miranda, 23, has been named a person of interest in the case.
Samelanxay Johnny Vongvilay, 23, and Jose Eduardo Carcamo, 25, both of Pasco, have each been charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a gun in the Connell slaying. Sant said a .22 caliber rifle was found in the trunk of the car they took to the scene of the shooting at 114 E. Birch St.
It does not appear the rifle was involved in any way with the shooting there, Sant said.
A .45 caliber pistol that was found at the scene is believed to have been used in the shooting, Sant said.
Gonzalez lives elsewhere in Pasco but was staying at the apartment. Connell Police Chief Chris Turner said the people who live there were out at the time of the shooting.
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