Police: Boy shot twice in 2 different drive-by shootings in 3-day period

Authorities said the 11-year-old was shot in the leg in both instances

Police in Washington are investigating after a home was reportedly targeted by two drive-by shootings in a three-day period.

The Yakima Police Department said in a statement that the drive-bys occurred on July 4 and 7 in the 800 block of West Viola Avenue.

An 11-year-old boy was reportedly shot in the leg during the first shooting, which occurred on Saturday at 11:50 p.m. The press release said he was hospitalized and released.

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On Tuesday at 12:50 a.m, Yakima police officers responded to the same home amid reports of another drive-by shooting. Officers reportedly recovered 60 shell casings from the scene.

“This time, the same 11-year-old boy was struck again by gunfire in the leg and his 9-year-old sister suffered two gunshot wounds to her leg,” police said.

Both children were hospitalized and released on Tuesday. It’s not immediately clear where the children were located on the property when the two shootings occurred.

Investigators are reportedly interviewing the shooting victims’ family to ascertain why this home is being targeted. Yakima police Chief Matt Murray called the two shootings “heart wrenching and alarming” and urged the public to come forward with any information.

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