Prosecutors charged a Finley teen Tuesday with intentionally killing a Pasco man and with another shooting that sparked a series of gang-related attacks.
DeShawn I. Anderson, 18, faces one count of first-degree murder and four counts of first-degree assault. He is in the Franklin County jail on $1 million bail.
He is scheduled to enter a plea Dec. 23 to the new charges in Franklin County Superior Court.
Police wanted Anderson for questioning in the Nov. 18 shooting on West Margaret Street, but he avoided capture for three weeks until officers arrested him last Thursday at a Kennewick apartment complex.
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Authorities initially took him into custody on suspicion of assault, but by the time he appeared in court Friday, he was being held on suspicion of fatally shooting Lorenzo R. Fernandez Jr.
According to court documents, Anderson was one of two armed suspects who ambushed a car as four men came home from a night out at a Pasco casino.
The suspects ran up to the car and fired almost 20 rounds. Officers found .45-caliber shell casings at the scene.
Bullets hit three of the men as they sat inside the car, though it is not clear who was injured. A fourth person was not hit.
The people in the car were Carlos Torres-Tapia, Jesus Guillermo Bueno, Alejandro Saldana Alvarado and Jonathan Alvarado-Gonzalez, court documents said.
Investigators found the victims had associations with a street gang that was in ongoing feud with Anderson, court documents said. One of the victims was heard shouting “Shawn,” and a description of one of the shooters matched Anderson.
The next night, Nov. 19, two men opened fire on a car on West Marie Street as Anderson’s friend Anthony Guerrero, his cousin and another man sat in it. Guerrero died from gunshot wounds.
Then late Dec. 3, Anderson allegedly fired several gunshots at Fernandez as the 22-year-old Pasco man sat in his Ford Mustang in the Stonegate Apartments’ parking lot off Road 68.
Fernandez reportedly was an associate of the victims from the Nov. 18 shooting. He had received a call while at his parents’ house and driven to the apartment complex for unknown reasons.
A witness saw a person matching Anderson’s description running from the scene with a gun, court documents said. Police found .45-caliber shell casings and a 9 mm pistol magazine where Fernandez was shot, and nearby they found shoe prints that matched the shoes Anderson wore when he was arrested, documents said.
Police haven’t named other suspects in any of the shootings.
Anderson’s older brother, Michael D. Anderson III, was arrested last week on allegations he drove DeShawn around the Tri-Cities, even after telling police he had no knowledge of his brother’s whereabouts. He was released from custody without bail Friday, and prosecutors had not charged him as of Tuesday.