KENNEWICK - Shots were fired in two drive-by shootings in Kennewick on back-to-back days within two miles of each other, but Kennewick police said they have no suspects, limited descriptions and don't know enough to say whether they are related.
"There's not a whole lot of descriptions of people involved in this point," said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman. "It makes it difficult to know what was going on, who was the intended target and what precipitated it."
The first shooting was reported at 6:30 p.m. Sunday near Seventh Avenue and South Kent Street. Callers said they heard several shots being fired and saw a dark colored sedan speeding away, police said.
Others also reported seeing men wearing black and blue sports jerseys running through the 1100 block of West 10th Avenue.
One witness told officers that he was sitting in his car about 30 feet from where the incident happened, police said. He said he saw a group of teens standing inside a fenced area south of Seventh Avenue and Kent Street and a dark blue or black Chevy Impala pulled up just past where he was parked.
Men in the car started yelling at the teens, who then reportedly yelled back. The witness said he then saw a backseat passenger stick a small gun out the window and fire three shots.
Other witnesses reported hearing six shots.
Officers were not able to find anyone from the group allegedly shot at, nor the suspects. They did, however, find one bullet hole in the side of a storage unit and later recovered the round after discovering it went into the next unit and stopped in a box, police said.
Hospitals were notified, but nobody has shown up seeking treatment for a gunshot wound, police said.
"It's always a concern when people are involved in shooting or discharging a weapon," Blatman said. "At this point, we don't know who the intended targets were. Nobody has come forward identifying themselves as a victim or potential victim."
That's also the case with a drive-by shooting Monday in the area of First Place and Gum Street. Witnesses reported seeing an older gray four-door vehicle in the area during the time the shots were fired and saw the car speed away, police said.
Another witness said she saw a passenger shooting out the window, but didn't see a gun. Police recovered four .22-caliber shell casings on the west side of Date Street, but no damage was found.
Residents of the two possible target homes were found, but there were no injuries or other witnesses, police said.
Both areas have had reported gang activity in the past, but investigators don't know whether this week's drive-by shootings were gang-related, Blatman said.
But, he added, it doesn't matter if they're gang-related or not. Officers still are working hard tracking down any leads they can find.
"Just because there's no arrests made, doesn't mean people aren't seeking out what's going on," he said. "It certainly makes it more difficult when you have people who don't want to talk to police or aren't there. ... It does make it a much more difficult challenge."
Blatman said citizens can help by making sure they don't become complacent but rather immediately report any suspicious activity.
"Don't let things like this keep them from reporting," Blatman said. "If they don't want to report or have a fear of reporting, we've already lost."