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‘I am just devastated I have to bury my oldest son,’ says Richland shooting victim’s mother

Richland police investigate a deadly shooting

Richland police investigate a deadly shooting Friday night at Columbia Park Apartments off of Jadwin Avenue.
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Richland police investigate a deadly shooting Friday night at Columbia Park Apartments off of Jadwin Avenue.

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A 30-year-old West Richland man died after a Friday night shooting in Richland.

Daniel S. Rice was shot multiple times outside of the Columbia Park apartment complex on the 1600 block of Jadwin Avenue around 8:30 p.m. He was rushed to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, where he died early Saturday.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon for Rice, Benton County Coroner Bill Leach said.

Crime scene tape was still cordoning off much of the front lawn of the apartment complex Saturday, while police continued to investigate the scene.

Officers spent a large part of the night scouring the area near Chief Joseph Middle School.

Neighbors said Friday night they heard one shot followed by several more gunshots about 8:35 p.m. in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

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Family members remember Daniel Rice, 30, as having a huge heart of gold. He had two younger siblings. Courtesy Juanita Austin

Police are still looking for two men seen leaving the scene in a dark Honda sedan or similar car. One suspect is described as being 6 feet tall and wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and jeans, Richland police Sgt. Drew Florence said.

Rice’s mother, Juanita Austin, described him as an amazing big brother who had a heart of gold. The young, single man loved 4X4 trucks, fishing, hunting and being around his family.

“I am just devastated that I have to bury my oldest son,” she said.

Her sister has arranged a GoFundMe campaign to pay for his funeral expenses at bit.ly/RiceFundraiser.

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Richland police investigate a shooting at Columbia Park off apartments Friday night. One man was taken to the hospital. Noelle Haro-Gomez Tri-City Herald

While his relationship with family and friends was great, he did have run-ins with the law. He was arrested in 2014 and 2018 for having a stolen car, and again in 2018 for having prescription medication without a prescription. In his 2014 case, he received a drug treatment and tried to resolve his most recent case in adult drug court, but failed to show up for an April 4 hearing.

Investigators are trying to determine if Rice was targeted by the shooter.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Florence at 509-942-7654 or dflorence@ci.richland.wa.us.

The homicide is the second in the city limits this year. Police are still looking for the gunman that killed 21-year-old Emilio M. Elizondo on a Goethals Drive sidewalk in January.

The two killings follow five years without a murder in Richland.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.


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