For the second night in a row, a shooting in Pasco sent multiple victims to the hospital.
Three men were shot about 8 p.m. Wednesday on the 800 block of West Marie Street — just blocks from the scene of another shooting less than 24 hours before.
Wednesday’s victims were in a car in front of a duplex. Sgt. Jason Miller said they were taken to local hospitals. He didn’t have information on their conditions, but there were no fatalities at the scene.
Police didn’t give the victims’ names or ages.
Officers hadn’t yet identified suspects, who apparently approached the car on foot, Miller said.
“That’s going to come through the investigation, once we get some interviews done,” he told reporters about 9 p.m. “The neighborhood is pretty busy right now, even though it is cold outside. So we’re hoping that we’ll have some cooperation from the neighbors.”
Police blocked off part of Marie Street as they worked. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was helping at the scene, and a police dog was brought in.
Neighbors stood outside, watching the investigation unfold. Three men told the Herald they’d been playing video games inside and ran out when they heard several pops that sounded like fireworks.
Miller said he doesn’t believe the public is at risk, noting the shooting appeared targeted.
“It doesn’t seem like a random thing,” he said.
Tuesday night’s shooting occurred on the 800 block of Margaret Street. Police said two unidentified assailants opened fire on a group of men about 11:45 p.m. as they returned from a local casino. Three of them were hit.
Miller said it wasn’t immediately clear whether the two shootings were connected.
“That is always a possibility but we don’t have anything concrete to say that that’s the case,” he said.
He added it was “too early to tell” whether Wednesday’s shooting was gang related.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Pasco police at 509-545-3421.