Boy, 11, Shot During Drive-By at Home for Second Time in 72 Hours

Police in Washington are investigating after an 11-year-old old boy was injured in two separate shootings at his home in the space of a week.

The Yakima Police Department said it first responded to a drive-by shooting in the 800 block of West Viola Avenue at around 11:50 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.

During that incident, the 11-year-old boy was struck in the leg. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and released.

Just over 72 hours later, another drive-by occurred at around 12:50 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, in which the boy's family appeared to be targeted.

The 11-year-old boy was again shot in the leg. His 9-year-old sister also suffered two gunshot wounds to the leg during the second shooting.

Both siblings were treated and released from the hospital later on Tuesday.

Police recovered more than 60 shell casings at the scene of the second shooting. Investigators are working with the family to determine why they are being targeted in such a way.

"This level of violence is heart wrenching and alarming," said Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray. "The police department's top priority is the reduction of violent crime—and these incidents are a glaring example of why.

"But this is a community issue and we need the community's help to solve it and prevent further violence," Murray added.

"Someone knows who did this and should come forward with the necessary information to help. It can even be done anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers. Do the right thing and help make Yakima a safer place."

Major Crimes Detective Drew Shaw will be asking for the public's assistance in solving the shootings during an episode of Washington's Most Wanted due to be aired on Saturday night.

Anyone with information on this shooting is also being urged to contact Yakima Police on 575-6200 or by their social media:

The Yakima Police Department has been contacted for further comment.

According to the Gun Violence Archive, 316 children aged 11 and under have been injured in a shooting in the U.S. so far this year, with 150 children killed.

There have been 475 teenagers aged 12 to 17 who have died as a result of gun violence in 2020, with 1,331 injured.

Last month, 7-year-old Lennox A. Maul was killed by her father in Vancouver, Washington during a murder/suicide incident at an address in the 10200 block of Northwest 20th Avenue.

(File photo) Police tape marks the crime scene after a shooting at Seattle Pacific University on June 5, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. An 11-year old boy was shot in the leg twice in two different drive-by shootings over a span of 72 hours in Washington. Mat Hayward/Getty