Two Pasco brothers with possible gang connections are wanted as suspects in the murder of a Pasco teen shot this week near the cable bridge.
Police announced Friday that Nathan T. Quintero, 23, and Jaden F. Quintero, 17, are being sought in the shooting death of George Garcia Thacker.
The 18-year-old former New Horizons High School student was found shot Wednesday night at 6:45 p.m. in the street near Ninth Avenue and River Street.
The Quinteros are considered armed and dangerous, police said. No motive for the shooting has been released.
Warrants were issued for their arrest and bail is set at $1 million each.
Police searched two different Pasco locations Friday in connection with the case. It’s unclear if any evidence was seized.
Court records show Nathan Quintero has a felony criminal history in the area, including being involved in a drive-by shooting.
Nathan Quintero has served a one-year, three-month prison term for an October 2009 drive-by shooting on West Sylvester Street in Pasco.
According to court documents and Herald records from that case, the driver of an SUV was confronted by a group of gang members at the Carjo Apartments, so he drove to east Pasco and picked up three members of a rival gang.
Quintero — whose nickname is “Flaco” or skinny in Spanish — was one of those picked up.
Back at the apartment complex, Quintero was seated behind the driver when he fired several shots from a shotgun out the window as the SUV sped north on Sylvester.
People standing outside the apartments reportedly shot back. No one was wounded.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced in February 2010. At the time, Judge Bruce Spanner told Quintero: “I hope this does turn your life around and change your life. A couple more of these ... you'll go away for the rest of your life.”
Quintero also has a 2008 Franklin County conviction for possessing a stolen gun.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the brothers is urged to call 911.