The man killed in a Friday night shooting in Kennewick’s Eastgate Park has been identified as Armando Rodriguez-Willis.
Shots rang out near the 10th Avenue park near the Benton County Fairgrounds around 8 p.m., sending Kennewick police and Benton County sheriff’s deputies to the area.
When they arrived, they found Rodriguez-Willis, 29, dead and three other people hurt, according to Kennewick police.
Ambulances rushed the three wounded people to Trios Southridge Hospital. They are expected to recover.
The shooting appears to be gang-related, and the number of shooters is not known, police said.
Kennewick detectives are investigating, and the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab is helping process the scene.
Saturday morning, numerous police investigators were still at the park combing the area for evidence and discussing the incident. Authorities had cordoned off a large section of the park with police tape, and they were using a drone to gather video images of the scene.
Police said they could not provide any other details this morning beyond what has already been released because it is still an active investigation.
Number of shooters unknown
Kennewick Officer Zach Moore said late Friday night the initial call was for a disturbance with multiple gunshots being fired in the area.
However, the caller gave very limited details, he said.
“At this time, we don’t know whether it was one shooter or whether it was multiple shooters,” said Moore.
The names of those wounded in the shooting are not being released by police at this time.
Moore said since they don’t yet know what role each person played, everyone is being looked at as a suspect.
The shooting is less than six blocks from where a pregnant 20-year-old woman was killed in early May in what police described as a gang-related attack. Andrea M. Nuñez was shot as she walked with her boyfriend on Seventh Avenue and Gum Street.
Father of an infant daughter
Rodriguez-Willis was a father of an infant daughter, according to his Facebook profile.
He had a history of criminal behavior and spent much of the past decade in prison for his part in a failed 2011 burglary that left a man dead. He was behind the wheel of a getaway vehicle when he drove three people to a North Buntin Street home, according to police and prosecutor reports.
They planned to grab cash from the resident, Ramon Madrigal.
A scared Madrigal opened fire when he saw an armed intruder pushing on the door. He shot and killed Tyler Stock, 20.
Rodriguez-Willis was sentenced to more than six years in prison for his part in the burglary.
In the past year, Rodriguez-Willis has been charged with robbery and possessing a controlled substance.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call the non-emergency dispatch number, 509-628-0333.
People can also contact Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 509-586-8477, 800-222-8477 or online at www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org.
Crime Stoppers offers up to $1,000 for information leading to a felony arrest. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
Staff writer Kristin Kraemer contributed to this report.