Teen in critical condition after drive-by shooting in Yakima

June 15, 2021 GMT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A 17-year-old was injured in what’s thought to be a gang-motivated shooting in Yakima on Monday, police said.

The teen was a passenger in a black sedan driven by his mother when a green car pulled up next to it and someone started shooting about 12:25 p.m. Monday, said Yakima police Capt. Jay Seely. The teen was hit at least three times, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported.

He was taken to Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, he said.

His mother was not hit, though the shooter fired at least 10 times into the vehicle. Bullets passed through the car and ended up near a taco stand where people were eating and in a tire business parking lot.


“By the grace of God she was not struck, and it looked like their intent was to shoot the passenger, the 17-year-old child,” Seely said.

The other vehicle fled, running a red light. Police are reviewing security camera footage and hope to release a more detailed description soon. The teen is a known gang associate, and the shooting is thought to be gang-motivated, Seely said.

This is the fourth drive-by shooting in Yakima in two weeks.