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Car of Grandview shooting suspect recovered in canal

GRANDVIEW - A car believed to have been used in a July 3 Grandview shooting has been recovered from a Roza Irrigation canal north of Grandview.

The car was discovered this past Friday, partially submerged in the canal.

The dark-colored Nissan with Idaho license plates, which was reportedly stolen from Caldwell, Idaho on March 6, is believed to have been used to transport 33-year-old suspect Emiliano V. Mendoza from the scene in which a 19-year-old Grandview man suffered gunshot injuries.

Mendoza is being sought by Grandview police on charges of first degree assault in connection with the shooting.

Grandview police believe the car may have been pushed into the canal. There is no evidence located near the canal that would indicate the vehicle had been driven recklessly, said Grandview Detective Mark Ware.

The name of the shooting victim, who is reported in stable condition after being found lying in the parking lot of a Grandview apartment complex on Nicka Road, is not being released for security reasons, Ware said.

Grandview police still have no solid leads concerning Mendoza's whereabouts, although several persons have offered some leads. Ware believes Mendoza may still be in the area.

It is likely Mendoza may have been assisted by an unknown second party. Ware said Mendoza is considered armed and dangerous.

If anyone has any information on his current whereabouts they are asked to call the Grandview police at 882-2000.

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