ROYAL CITY — A man was shot several times in Royal City Wednesday night and police are searching for a pair of brothers from Royal City for questioning in connection with the shooting.
Royal City police and deputies with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of shots fired in the 400 block of Juniper Circle about 9:15 p.m. Police arrived and located a 44-year-old Royal City man who had been shot several times, according to Royal City Police Chief Darin Smith.
The victim was transported to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake for treatment of the gunshot wounds. Witnesses reported seeing a dark-colored sedan leaving the area after the shooting. Police are wanting to question Jonathan and Jesus Torres, who are possibly traveling in a dark blue 2008 Lexus Sedan, license plate No. BAX4819.
The Torres brothers were previously arrested on Juniper Circle over the summer following a shooting in Moses Lake. In the hours before the shooting Jesus entered Apex Cannabis in Moses Lake and was involved in a brief scuffle with a rival gang member. The two men were ejected from the business and, prosecutors alleged, the Torres brothers followed the car the rival member got into after he exited Apex, in a Lexus alleged to have been driven by Jonathan.
The prosecution contended that Jonathan fired shots at the vehicle, one of which struck the female driver in the back of the head, an injury she would survive. The brothers fled to Royal City and were taken into custody shortly after.
The pair were each charged with first-degree assault and drive-by shooting and opted for a bench trial before Judge John Antosz. Antosz found the brothers not guilty, on the basis of the prosecution not proving beyond a reasonable doubt the identity of the shooter, and the Torres brothers were released from custody.
If you have any information contact one of the following agencies: Royal City Police Department at 509-346-2212, Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-754-2011 or MACC Dispatch at 509-762-1160.
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