Neighbors wake up to gunshots, police continue homicide investigation


    Neighbors woke up to gunshots, police continue homicide investigation

    RICHLAND, Wash. -- An early morning shooting left a young man dead in Richland.

    Police said they're investigating--trying to interview family members or witnesses to get information on a suspect or motive.

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    The man who was killed has been identified as Emilio M. Elizondo, 21, of Richland.

    The sound of gunshots--that's what woke up Lisa Foster early Monday morning.

    “I looked out the window, and it about nearly startled me out of bed,” she said.

    Just down the street from Foster's home, police said they found a 21-year-old man dead on the ground.

    “We don't know what the motive or the intent was at this point,” Lt. Chris Lee said.

    Police said they don't have much information on the gunman either.

    “Somebody's son is out there dead,” Foster said, clutching her sleeping baby in her arms. “Somebody's brother is dead; somebody’s nephew is dead on the sidewalk.”

    Foster said she's shocked something like this happened so close to home.

    “You see kids and families over at the park all the time,” she said. “And you just don't think about things happening like that in this neighborhood.”

    Goethels Drive remained closed for hours on Monday as police investigated.

    “As I hold my son, it makes me second guess his future,” Foster said. “Who he's around, but I can't live like that. I can't live in fear.”

    And police said you shouldn't. They said there doesn't seem to be any threat to the community at this time.

    Officials have not yet released the identity of the victim. The Benton County Coroner said the victim's autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

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