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Detectives arrest two people suspected of drive-by shooting

Courtesy: Kennewick Police Department
Courtesy: Kennewick Police Department
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Two people accused of being involved in a gang-related drive-by shooting are now behind bars.

On May 23, just before 1:30 p.m., officers of the Kennewick Police Department responded to a shooting that occurred in the area of W. Clearwater Ave. and N. Union St. in Kennewick.

After an investigation, KPD detectives learned that occupants of two separate vehicles exchanged gunfire with each other. No one exited their vehicle during the exchange of gunfire.

Around 3 p.m., detectives found a 16-year old boy in the 4200 block of W. Albany in Kennewick and arrested him for suspicion of Assault in the First Degree. He has been booked into the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Justice Center.

Officers discovered 37-year-old John Salinas was treated for injuries at a local hospital and later released.

Detectives developed probable cause to arrest Salinas for suspicion of Drive-By Shooting and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree.

On May 24, at approximately 6:15 p.m., detectives found Salinas at an apartment in the 5100 block of W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. Detectives arrested Salinas and booked him into the Benton County Jail.

Detectives also conducted a search warrant at the apartment for evidence from this incident.

According to detectives, the incident appears to be gang related.

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This is an ongoing investigation.

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