WENATCHEE — Two men from Yakima are jailed after a drive-by shooting in the middle of a Wenatchee neighborhood, which wounded a passenger in another automobile.
The gunfire broke out about 2:48 p.m. Monday near the intersection of Douglas and Idaho streets. A neighbor’s security camera footage caught the sound of multiple gunshots, followed by the sight of a maroon SUV speeding from the scene.
Police say 20-year-old Alexander Lopez was a passenger in that maroon Ford Explorer, and fired a rifle toward a Honda passenger car near the intersection. Officers stopped the Explorer at the North Wenatchee Avenue Wendy’s restaurant, where they arrested Lopez and the driver, 26-year-old Juan C. Mendoza-Rodriguez.
A passenger in the Honda later appeared at Central Washington Hospital with a bullet wound to the leg, police said. Police affidavits filed in Chelan County Superior Court did not identify the victim.
Lopez allegedly admitted firing a rifle after a verbal altercation with people in the Honda, and said he feared they were reaching for a weapon. Both Lopez and Mendoza face charges of first-degree assault.
Police say they recovered .223-caliber shell casings in the roadway near the intersection. The driver of the Honda allegedly admitted following the Explorer after a verbal altercation, until the rifle fire occurred.
There were a total of six occupants in Mendoza’s SUV, police said, who told police they were en route from Yakima to Chelan at the time of the shooting.