Two teens are in jail accused of firing shots Wednesday night as they drove near downtown Kennewick and over the blue bridge into Pasco.
When the driver finally stopped in downtown Pasco, a “small flashy object” fell from his lap as he stepped out of the brown Honda, according to court documents.
A Pasco police detective said when the brass hit the asphalt, he recognized it as the sound of empty ammunition, documents said.
One suspect also had a shell casing caught in the folds of his hooded sweatshirt, said police.
The driver, Rodrigo Anguiano-Lopez, and passenger Angel Negrete, 19, were arrested on suspicion of drive-by shooting.
Anguiano-Lopez, 18, also was booked on an investigative hold for second-degree unlawful gun possession because he is a convicted felon.
Both appeared Thursday in Franklin County Superior Court and were ordered held on $25,000 bail each.
From Kennewick to Pasco
The gunfire began shortly after 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Fruitland Street and Entiat Avenue, just blocks from downtown Kennewick.
Several people reported hearing gunshots. The bullets hit two passing vehicles, but no one was hurt, said Kennewick police.
Within minutes, Pasco police learned the suspected shooters were heading their way. A witness had called 911 while following the Honda from Columbia Drive in Kennewick.
The witness told an officer the Honda’s occupants had fired into the air while driving on Highway 395 over the blue bridge and next to the Flamingo Village Mobile Home Park, as well as on the exit at Sylvester Street, court documents said.
The Honda went south on 20th Avenue and east on Lewis Street, stopping for a red light at 10th Avenue behind Detective Nathan Carlisle’s unmarked car.
Carlisle reported that when he realized the suspects were behind him, he turned his car around to help other officers who had been following the Honda. The Honda drove off but pulled into the nearby Griggs Department Store lot and parked.
Shell casing caught in hood
Officers could see spent ammunition on the Honda’s floorboards of both the driver and passenger sides, an “extended” magazine and a black semi-automatic handgun, court documents said.
Anguiano-Lopez denied that the gun belonged to him or that he had shot it, and didn’t know if his buddy had fired the pistol, documents said.
He allegedly refused to answer Detective Carlisle’s questions.
Police are asking anyone with anymore information on the incidents to call police dispatchers at 509-628-0333 or contact Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 509-586-8477, 800-222-8477 or visit tricitiescrimestoppers.org.
Crime Stoppers offers a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to a felony arrest. Tipsters can remain anonymous.