Police Searching for Two Brothers Wanted for Yakima Shooting
A manhunt is underway this Monday for two brothers wanted for a gang related shooting earlier this month. The shooting was reported June 14 when a 17-year-old gang member was shot as he was riding in a vehicle with his mother at the intersection of 16th Avenue and Fruitvale Blvd. He's being treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle as police search for the shooters. So far no arrests have been made but police say they're confident the brothers will soon be in custody.
Authorities are searching for 19-year-old Jesus Mendoza-Garcia and 17-year-old Alonzo Mendoza-Garcia. Both are charged with first-degree assault and drive by shooting for the shooting on June 14 in which innocent people standing nearby the intersection came close to also being injured by flying bullets. Police say the two followed the 17-year-old victim after his mother picked him up from OIC where he and the shooters attended school. They followed the teen and his mother before shooting the 17-year-old as he sat in a car with his mother at the intersection of 16th Avenue and Fruitvale Blvd. at about 12:30 p.m. on June 14. His mother was not injured. The shooters fled the area and have yet to be arrested.
A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for the brothers with bail set at $1 million.
Do you know anything? Police are hoping tips will help them solve the crime and make arrests. Police aren't saying if they believe the brothers have fled the area so there's a possibility they're still in Yakima.
Call police with your tips at 575-6200 or Crimestoppers where you don't have to give your name and could be eligible for a reward at 509-248 9980.