Teenager Injured in Early Morning Shooting in Yakima

A 17-year-old boy suffered a gunshot wound to the leg early this morning in Yakima.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to the 400 block of Santa Roza Drive after receiving a report of a person yelling for help and stating he/she had been shot.

Upon their investigation, deputies found the injured teenage boy a block away.  He was transported to a local hospital, then later transported to a Seattle hospital to undergo surgery.  While the wound is serious, deputies say the injury is not life-threatening.

While investigating the incident, deputies learned that an 18 year old man was house sitting in the 400 block of Santa Roza Dr. and heard noises coming from the carport of the residence.  The 18 year old covertly went outside and discovered two males prowling his vehicle, which was parked in the driveway.  The 18 year old returned to the residence and armed himself with a rifle.  He then returned to his vehicle and confronted the two males who were still in and at his vehicle.  Both suspects began to flee the area with items taken from the 18 year old’s vehicle.  The 18 year old fired one shot from the rifle striking one of the suspects in the lower left leg.  The 18 year old then returned to his residence to secure the weapon and call 911.  During this time the 18 year old heard the injured male yelling for help and after securing the weapon located the male and rendered aid until medics arrived.  Deputies were unable to locate the second suspect.  The 18 year old stated he heard a vehicle leave at a high rate while he was securing the rifle, but no description was available at this time.  As earlier stated, the 17 year old was flown to Harborview and the 18 year old was released.  Statements were taken from both individuals but no charges have been filed at this time.   

This incident is still under investigation.  If you have any knowledge regarding the identity or whereabouts of the additional suspect and/or vehicle, please contact the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office at 574-2500.  

Tips can also be called in to Crime Stoppers of Yakima at 248-9980 or 800-248-9980 or by submitting a tip online at http://yakima.crimestoppersweb.com/