A Richland hairstylist died Sunday morning, hours after she and a man were shot during a family get-together in Toppenish.
Jessica Rodriguez, 29, was in critical condition when she was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle shortly after the 2:15 a.m. shooting.
She died at 8:46 a.m., said Capt. Curt Ruggles with the Toppenish Police Department. He could not say how many times Rodriguez had been shot.
She has a grade-school-aged daughter.
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Eduardo Flores, 21, who appeared to have been shot once, was pronounced dead at the scene, Ruggles said. Paramedics who responded to the home in the 1100 block of Satus Avenue were unable to stabilize him.
Police believe it was a drive-by shooting, based on witness information, though they said they have no description of a possible suspect or vehicle.
Rodriguez was a hairstylist, colorist and cosmetologist at Creations Salon & Spa on Keene Road for more than a year. She also reportedly worked at Unique Styles in Toppenish.
Ruggles said his department has Rodriguez listed as living at the home where the shooting happened, though there are some reports she may have been living in Kennewick with her boyfriend.
Flores lived in Toppenish.
Family members told officers that after attending a wedding in Zillah, the group of less than 15 decided to gather at the Satus Avenue home for an after-party.
“They were all sitting around out on the front porch and just heard a couple shots and thought it was fireworks,” Ruggles told the Herald. “Then somebody yelled, ‘Get down. He’s hit. She’s hit.’ ”
A neighbor heard a car heading south on North Meyers Road at a high speed after the shots were fired, but nobody actually saw the vehicle or the shooter, he said.
“We have very little to go on, but we’re following up on it hoping we can catch a break,” he said.
Ruggles said most drive-by shootings are gang-related, however he can’t say if that was the case in this double homicide.
He said one person at the home was a documented gang member, but police don’t know if there is any connection because the shooter was not heard yelling a gang name or other identifying information.
Ruggles said an autopsy will be performed Monday on Rodriguez by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. Flores’ autopsy will be done Monday by the Yakima County Coroner’s Office.
Anyone with information on the shooting or the suspect is asked to call the Toppenish Police Department at 509-865-4355.