Kennewick A 29-year-old Kennewick man suffered a "superficial" gunshot wound to his upper right thigh during an argument Thursday with a Richland man in a Kennewick parking lot, police said.
The 24-year-old Richland man, who has not been arrested, told police he fired “a warning shot” at the other man when he allegedly walked toward him with a gun, said Kennewick police Sgt. Mike Genack.
The incident occurred at 11 p.m. in the parking lot of the Breakplace, the convenience store at the Conoco gas station at the corner of Canal Drive and Edison Street.
Officers arrived within minutes, but both men involved in the shooting were gone. Officers then learned the victim was at a nearby residence.
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The man did not need medical attention.
A short time later, the Richland man called police and reported he had fired a warning shot at a man during an argument, Genack said.
Detectives with the Criminal Apprehension Team and Richland police contacted the man at his Richland home and detained him, Genack said.
He was taken to the Kennewick police station for an interview and that’s when he said he had fired his gun in an attempt to scare the victim, Genack said.
The Kennewick man denied having a gun.
The shooting remains under investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident, should call the Criminal Apprehension Team detectives or Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers at 586-8477.
Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.