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Pasco, WA park shooting on Sunday 01 August 2010

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by twoclones, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    Original article in TriCity Herald - 02 August 2010


    Shooting scares Pasco, WA parkgoers
    Photos
    By Michelle Dupler, Herald staff writer


    Pasco police are investigating a shooting in the west end of Chiawana Park on Sunday that left one man wounded and hundreds of bystanders terrified.

    Pasco police Cpl. Jeff Harpster said a fight broke out among some Hispanic males at 6:10 p.m. and weapons were displayed.

    One man ended up shot in the leg and taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, but his wounds were not life-threatening, he said.

    Witnesses in the park said one man started shooting at another -- just feet from a playground where children climbed on a jungle gym and slides.

    Chadwick Zimmer of Kennewick said he was playing football in the park with his family when the shooting started.

    He said he spotted a Hispanic male with a large caliber handgun tucked into his pants underneath his shirt.

    A fight broke out and Zimmer heard a pop and saw one man fall backward, holding his hands out and shouting "No!"

    Zimmer said he recognized the sound as gunfire, grabbed his kids and dove behind a garbage can to get them out of harm's way.

    He said bullets were ricocheting off the ground, and he believes one of them struck one of the men involved in the fight.

    A Pasco police officer already was in the park when bullets started flying and started chasing possible suspects.

    Zimmer said he saw one of the Hispanic men walking behind the officer holding a gun and thought the officer was going to get shot. Zimmer said he shouted at the man, who started looking around -- Zimmer thinks trying to ditch the gun.

    Then people started jumping into cars or running away on foot, he said.

    "Everybody was running and screaming," Zimmer said.

    Pastor David Rea of Tri-Cities Baptist Church said officers from Pasco, Franklin County and Benton County quickly poured into the park and put themselves between families and the people with guns.

    "We had absolutely wonderful officers here," Rea said. "Every citizen should be thankful for them."

    Rea said he was about 20 yards away from the spot where the fight broke out, and said the officer already in the park was able to nab four of the people involved on his own.

    "His presence underscores the need for more officers on the street," said Rea, who walked around handing bottles of cold water to police as they talked to witnesses in the early evening heat.

    He said police officers' quick actions Sunday leave him feeling safe and protected.

    "All I know is I saw a bunch of officers put themselves between a crowd and a bunch of guys with guns, so I love them," Rea said.

    Harpster said at least 300 people were in the park playing, barbecuing and enjoying the sun when the fight broke out.

    Police took into custody seven people believed to be involved in the incident, but no arrests had been made Sunday night.

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  2. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    One more reason why I always carry regardless of where I go. Cops can't save everybody although this time it looks like they did a great job albeit after the crime was committed.
     
  3. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Q Whatever happened to a good old fashioned fist fight?
    A Idiots with guns.

    Thank goodness no kids were killed.
     
  4. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    I think the answer is closer to "No fear of prosecution". Not even the biggest idiot would fire a gun in a crowded park if he feared being hanged in public (or beaten to death by everyone in the park) for shooting a bystander.
     
  5. gnarkill

    gnarkill Richland, WA Member

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    Pasco has been bad for sometime, it's not Yakima or Sunnyside status yet, but those cities werent always that bad either....
     
  6. rufus

    rufus State of Jefferson Well-Known Member

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    Good point. Sad but true.
     
  7. alfack

    alfack Marysville Member

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    That's due to the comprehensive immigration reform where illegal aliens do not need to be held accountable for any of their misdeeds. F'in pathetic. I grew up in Yakima, when it was still a nice area to live.
     
  8. Trlsmn

    Trlsmn In Utero (Portland) Well-Known Member

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    This is the future of America so long as illegal immigration/immigrant amnesty is tolerated.
     
  9. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    encouraged by our present government AND Mexico's. Our present administration wants more voters (after amnesty) and Mexico's since it lightens the burden on them!

    Deen
    NRA Benefactor/Recruiter
    WAC member
    ACSWW member
     
  10. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    As politically incorrect as that sounds I think it's true because it's the criminals that are willing to break the law by crossing our border illegally. There is a large gang culture that comes in from the south and I'd better dollars to donuts that's what these two thugs were about. Think MS13 gang!!!
     
  11. twoclones

    twoclones Tri-Cities, WA Well-Known Member

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    Update. More shootings and more arrests.

    3 shooting in Pasco Sunday, 10 arrests
    Posted: Aug 02, 2010 6:46 PM PDT
    Updated: Aug 02, 2010 6:46 PM PDT

    PASCO, Wash -- Pasco Police dealing with numerous arrests after 10 people were arrested on various gun charges Sunday.

    Police say several men confronted a Pasco man at West-Chiawana Park during a family gathering Sunday. Cops say the group attacked him and then someone pulled out a gun and started shooting at the victim. He didn't get hit but one of the suspects took a bullet in the thigh and buttocks and was transported to Kadlec in Richmond. During the shooting one of the alleged suspects received multiple gunshot wounds and attempted to limp away from the scene.

    Captain Jim Raymond of the Pasco Police Department says police were at the right place at the right time. "It just so happened that the officers were coming into the park, patrolling the park when the calls started coming in from 9-11 about shots being fired..ultimately all the suspects were just rounded up in or around the park and taken into custody without incident."

    That officer detained five of the suspects as they were attempting to enter a vehicle in the parking lot and flee. A second officer arriving on the scene from the Road 96 area was able to confront and take another of the suspects in custody as he was attempting to leave the area on foot.

    Officer sealed the park off and eventually took one more of the suspects into custody as he was attempting to blend into the crowds of people in the park. A handgun was recovered nearby.

    Police arrested five Pasco residents :19 year old David Reyes, 19 year old Victor Farias, 19 year old
    Ubaldo Reyes, 19 year old Hector Farias- Alvarez, 19 year old Lorenzo Ricardo Fernandez, 18 year old George Timothy Bernal, 19 year old Carlos Ivan Salcedo-Valdivia, and a 17 year old suspect.

    Captain Raymond says it didn't end there, earlier that day Pasco Police arrested 19 year old Ruvicelio Diego Alpizar who they say opened fire at a crowd at a Pasco night club on 101 W. Columbia.

    Raymond says, "In Tropicana night club, there was an individual that discharges a fire arm at a crowd of people when the staff was trying to escort him off the property because he was being a problem."


    And a few blocks down, two more men were arrested for pointing a gun at another car at an intersection on 4th and Columbia Street. Police arrested 21 year old Ruben P. Soto, of Moses Lake and 20 year old Jesse A Campos, of Quincy for assault., a few blocks down on 10th and Columbia.
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  12. eriknemily

    eriknemily Tillamook County (Cheese!) Member

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    Is it bad if my knee jerk reaction to stories like this is, "Shoot the flippin' gang bangers on sight and put them out of our misery!"?
     
  13. Russianfist

    Russianfist Sweet home, Oregon Active Member

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    A phrase I heard 20 years ago in southern California comes to mind.

    "Just let them kill each other and pretty soon we won't have a problem"

    The bad thing about this type of behavior is that it breeds more and more hate by everyone.

    Sad really:(
     
  14. BlackRidge

    BlackRidge Sammamish, WA Member

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    +1 Bingo

    According to the Obama administration, theyre not illegals, but more Undocumented Democrats. Grant them amnesty, and expect their vote the next time around. I lost all faith in actual Immigration reform as soon as Obama used an EOIR (Executive Office of Immigration Review) Judge as a patsy in order to get his illegal immigrant Aunt granted asylum.

    Thanks for taking a stand against what 'the people' want...
     
  15. Spad

    Spad Kennewick,WA, the desert side Active Member

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    How about a big Thanks to the Pasco police for thier great actions and arrests. Spad