Two Families Connected Through One Yakima Shooting Suspect
Yakima Police say the 15-year-old arrested in Tuesday's fatal shooting at Eisenhower High School shot and killed his own cousin. Police Capt. Jay Seely says the 15-year-old suspect was trying to shoot another 18-year-old student when bullets struck and killed his 16-year-old cousin. The 18-year-old student was shot in the wrist. He was treated and released from Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital on Tuesday.
Police say they spoke with the victim's father at the scene on Tuesday
The 16-year-old victim, who hasn't been identified, died at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Seely says the father of the 16-year-old victim told police he knew the 15-year-old suspect carried a .22 caliber handgun but that he never demanded or took the gun because he knew the suspect "would just find another gun."
Seely says had he demanded and taken the gun from the 15-year-old he may have "saved his own son's life."
The 15-year-old suspect faces numerous charges in Juvenile Court
Meanwhile the 15-year-old suspect is being held in Yakima County Juvenile Jail. He's facing charges of Second-Degree Murder, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and 9 counts of First-Degree Assault. Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic says he's working closely with the Yakima Police Department in the investigation. Since the suspect is 15-years-old it's up to the prosecutor whether or not to file a motion to transfer the case to adult court. Brusic tells KIT News he hasn't made a decision. He says he'll investigate, research the background of the suspect before announcing a decision about whether or not to request the case be transferred to adult court. Police say they are not looking for any other suspects.
Police say they recovered the gun used in the shooting during the arrest
Police say they recovered a .22 caliber pistol used in the shooting. The gun was found during the arrest of the 15-year-old suspect.
Eisenhower High School resumed classes Wednesday with a larger police presence at both Ike and Davis High Schools. Police believe the shooting was related to local gangs.