Gang-linked shooting reported at local grocery store on Saturday


Yakima police are investigating a gang-related shooting reported Saturday at the entrance to a local grocery store.

It was Sunday August 22 when 23-year-old Jose Rivera De La Cruz was walking out of the Valley Mall in Union Gap when he was shot dead at the southwest entrance. He was not part of a gang but was caught between two groups shooting. Police said no innocent customers were touched after a Saturday night shooting at the Safeway store at 2204 West Nob Hill Blvd. near the west entrance. Agents were called to the store at around 10:34 p.m. The suspects fled the area before the police arrived. A few minutes later, one of the victims presented for treatment at the Toppenish Regional Hospital for several gunshot wounds. However, the injuries were not fatal.


Yakima Police Captain Jay Seely said the shooting was gang related. He says that “the patrol officers did a fantastic job handling a chaotic scene. The officers were able to collect video evidence from Safeway’s CCTV system and now the four adult subjects involved have been identified.”
He says the investigation was assigned to an already busy gang unit from the Yakima Police Department. Over the next few weeks, Seely said they would work closely with the prosecutor’s office to hold those involved to account as the investigation continues on Monday.
If anyone has any information about this investigation, we encourage you to contact the Yakima Police Department at (509) 575-6200.

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