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Police probe second shooting in Pasco

Pasco police shut down streets and rerouted school buses Tuesday afternoon while searching for a man wanted in the city's second shooting in less than 24 hours.

Gunfire erupted near Seventh Avenue and B Street around 2:30 p.m., said Pasco police Capt. Ken Roske. No one was hurt.

Police received reports of two teens shooting at a black car. The driver told officers he was driving south on Seventh Avenue when the teens walked out in front of his car, forcing him to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting them.

Words were exchanged and the teens pulled out guns and shot at the victim's car several times, hitting the driver-side fender.

Officers checked the area and found two teens matching the victim's description of the gunmen in the area south of Fourth Avenue.

When officers tried to talk to them, they ran. Officers then blocked off the area while they searched for the suspects.

They quickly found and arrested Ramiro Farias Gallegos, 18, of Pasco, who was booked into the Franklin County jail on investigation of assault.

Washington State Patrol troopers also helped with the search.

Police cordoned off about five blocks between Ainsworth and B streets, and three Pasco School District buses had to be diverted.

The buses with children from Virgie Robinson Elementary were sent back to the school where parents came to pick them up or they were taken home later, school officials said.

Officers still were looking Tuesday night for the other teen, last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. Anyone who has information on the second shooter is asked to contact Pasco police.

Roske said he didn't know if the incident was related to a Monday night shooting in which a 46-year-old Pasco woman was hospitalized after she was shot in the head during a gang-related fight.

The Monday fight happened when two groups began arguing in the parking lot of a motel on the 1500 block of North Oregon Street at 9:40 p.m.

The argument turned violent when someone started shooting at people near a parked car, said police Capt. Jim Raymond said earlier in a news release.

When officers arrived, they found a woman inside the car with a gunshot wound to her head. She was in the car when several shots were fired.

The woman's injuries are not considered life-threatening, Raymond said. Her name was not released, so her condition could not be updated.

Manual Ramirez-Salazar, 23, of Pasco, was arrested nearby. He is being held in the Franklin County jail on investigation of felony assault.

No suspect names were being released Tuesday, said Raymond.

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