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He’s wanted for firing 6 shots in a Kennewick bar fight. Police believe he left the state

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The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs 2017 Crime in Washington Annual Report details crimes against persons, property and society statistics from agencies that serve about 92% of the state.

The suspect in a Kennewick bar shooting fired six times at the victim after an argument between the two men escalated into a fist fight.

The June 8 fight had been broken up by another bar patron when Anthony L. Colbray Jr. went to his car, got a .22-caliber gun and opened fire in the bar’s West Columbia Drive parking lot, according to court documents.

Theodore Lamar Turner was hit four or five times and a bystander was hit once in the foot.

Colbray, 32, took off that night before police arrived and is believed to be hiding out of state, documents said.

A nationwide arrest warrant with $100,000 bail was issued last Friday. He is charged in Benton County Superior Court with first-degree assault and second-degree unlawful gun possession.

The Kennewick man is a convicted felon and isn’t allowed to own or possess firearms.

Victim shot while trying to leave

Court documents show that Colbray approached Turner inside the 3-City Sports Bar before 2 a.m. and got into a disagreement. The fight moved into the parking lot.

Turner, 36, was trying to go back into the bar to get his companion when he was shot. He was hit in the leg, pelvis and elbow, and the wounds were not life-threatening, police said.

Responding officers found the Pasco man on the ground just outside the bar’s front door. They provided medical aid to Turner until paramedics arrived and took him to Trios Southridge Hospital in Kennewick, documents said.

Six .22-caliber shell casings were discovered in the parking lot.

A short time later, Juvenal Torres showed up at Richland’s Kadlec Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound in his foot.

The 27-year-old Pasco man reportedly was not involved in the fight.

Video surveillance helped police

Video surveillance from inside 3-City Sports Bar and witnesses helped police determine what led to the shooting and to identify the suspect.

Colbray was picked up by Kennewick police as recently as May 13 in a sweep that arrested 15 suspected gang members and gang associates following a flareup in gang-suspected violence.

His arrest was for not showing up to court on charges that he destroyed some property.

Anyone with information about Colbray’s location is asked to call police at 509-628-0333.

Kristin M. Kraemer covers the judicial system and crime issues for the Tri-City Herald. She has been a journalist for more than 20 years in Washington and California.
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