Wapato police: 2 injured, 1 killed in gang-related shooting

Wapato police: 2 injured, 1 killed in gang-related shooting »Play Video
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WAPATO, Wash. -- Wapato police aren't getting the answers they need to solve Sunday night's shooting that left one man dead and two others injured at a known gang house on North Track Road.

"It was loud where you can hear the gunshots," said a Wapato neighbor who only wanted to be identified as "Sandra."

Tension among rival gangs reached a boiling point Sunday night in a neighborhood that's seen plenty of violence.

Two men and a boy shot; one of them, 19-year-old Abel Velasquez, died at the hospital.

"We heard a lady scream," said "Sandra." "We heard the cops coming and ambulance. It was pretty scary."

Police say the shots rang out just before midnight Sunday on the 4500 block of North Track Road.

"It was an up close and personal shooting," said Wapato Police Chief Tracy Rosenow. "It wasn't necessarily a drive by shooting."

Police say a 17-year-old boy and 26-year-old Marlowe Olney survived and are expected to recover but neither is talking to detectives.

"We dedicate a lot of time and resources and energy into these investigations to have a brick wall thrown in front of us," said Rosenow.

Investigators say one of the surviving victims from Sunday night's shooting was also shot in the head back in February in another gang-related incident at the Crossroad Market.

A 15-year-old was ambushed and shot in the head just down the road in yet another shooting.

Action News asked police what's being done to stop the violence in this neighborhood.

"Are you guys going to do anything to put emphasis patrols?" KIMA asked.

"We already have," said Rosenow. "We're already emphasis patrolling over there. With the number of manpower we have, we're over there as much as possible."

Neighbors like "Sandra" want to move out of Wapato to get away from the trouble.

"We want to have family picnics, barbecues," said "Sandra." "Wapato used to be a nice place to stay."

Police say it will take someone coming forward to break the case.

With no one talking yet, there is no answer to the latest sign of trouble that plagues the Wapato neighborhood.

Investigators think the victims and witnesses know who's behind the shooting but no arrests have been made.