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Man found shot on Richland sidewalk

Fatally shot man found on Richland sidewalk

Lt. Chris Lee of the Richland Police Department provides preliminary details into their investigation of the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man in the 300 block of Goethals Drive.
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Lt. Chris Lee of the Richland Police Department provides preliminary details into their investigation of the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man in the 300 block of Goethals Drive.

A man was found shot to death on a sidewalk across from a Richland city park early Monday.

A call was made to 911 at 4:25 a.m. reporting the sound of gunshots being fired in a Goethals Drive neighborhood.

That was followed by a caller saying that a man had been shot.

Police arrived to find the body lying on the sidewalk on the 300 block of Goethals Drive near Davenport Street.

The victim was 21 but his name has yet to be released by police.

“The incident does not appear to be random,” police posted on social media.

The victim appeared to be targeted by the shooter, and the public is not believed to be in danger, confirmed Richland police Lt. Chris Lee.

Benton County coroner said an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Richland fatal scene
Richland police vehicles block Goethals Drive during the investigation into an early Monday morning fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man. Watch a video at: tricityherald.com/video Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

Goethals Drive was closed between Comstock and Davenport streets while investigators combed the neighborhood for evidence.

The man was found in front of a duplex across the street from Goethals Park.

Richland residents who lived near where the body was found posted on social media that the victim lived in the neighborhood.

Richland fatal shooting
Police investigators from Richland and Pasco prepare to photograph the scene of Monday’s early morning fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man on Goethals Drive. Watch a video at: tricityherald.com/video Bob Brawdy Tri-City Herald

Several said they were shocked by a shooting in their residential neighborhood that’s between Aaron Drive and Lee Boulevard and filled with historic federal government-built “alphabet houses.”

Police identified and used orange cones to mark potential evidence — possibly bullet casings — found in the street just feet from the man’s body.

Pasco police investigators were helping at the crime scene Monday morning.

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