Grant County sheriff's deputies are investigating a series of gang-related shootings near Mattawa late Saturday night that left one man injured by a shotgun blast.
Deputies responded to several reports of shots fired in the 200 block of Pear Place South in Desert Aire, about five miles south of Mattawa, at 11:50 p.m.
While investigating those reports, several more reports came in from the 18000 block of Second Avenue Southwest in Beverly, about five miles north of Mattawa.
Deputies on their way to Beverly stopped a vehicle speeding away from town and arrested Juan Tapia, 26, of Yakima, on a warrant and suspicion of obstructing a law enforcement officer after Tapia reportedly tried to run from and struggled with deputies.
A search of Tapia's vehicle reportedly uncovered several different drugs, and he also was arrested on suspicion of methamphetamine possession, marijuana possession and prescription drug possession, deputies said.
While deputies were pulled over near Beverly, occupants of a gray 1999 Dodge Intrepid believed to be gang members reportedly made threatening gestures at the deputies who had stopped Tapia on the side of the road.
Deputies stopped the car and found Ruben Lucio, 27, of Mattawa, with fresh wounds to his head, back and legs, likely from shotgun pellets.
Lucio was treated and later released from Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake.
The shooters reportedly were driving a green Honda Accord. A 1993 Honda Accord matching the description was stopped by the Mattawa police, but the car's occupants ran away carrying guns, deputies said.
The occupants of the Accord are believed to be connected to Lucio's shooting and a drive-by shooting in Desert Aire on Thursday in which two people were injured.
Anyone with information about the shootings can call the Grant County Sheriff's Office at 509-762-1160.