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Grandview PD having little luck in finding suspects

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department is hard pressed in finding any of the suspects involved with two separate shootings.

Grandview police detectives said information has been scarce in trying to find 33-year-old Emeliano Mendoza.

Mendoza is the suspect in a July 3 shooting in Grandview in which a 19-year-old Grandview man suffered gunshot wounds.

The victim in the incident was found lying in the parking lot of a Grandview apartment complex on Nicka Road.

A felony warrant for Mendoza's arrest has been issued through Yakima County Superior Court on a charge of assault.

Police officers recovered a dark-colored Nissan with Idaho license plates earlier this month from a Roza Irrigation Canal north of Grandview, believed driven from the scene by Mendoza.

Another case that Grandview police officers are having a hard time gaining information about is a shooting that occurred last Monday, July 18, in the 600 block of West Wine Country Road. The incident involved a 16-year-old male receiving gunshot wounds to the head.

Grandview police officers have released an individual they took into custody shortly following the incident. According to Grandview detectives, the individual in custody at the time was released because officials were unable with any certainty to establish the individual's connection to the case. Detectives say they currently have no one in custody regarding the incident.

Police officers did discover the white Suzuki SUV, license number 326 THJ, they believe was used in the drive-by type shooting. The vehicle was found completely submerged in a canal north of Sunnyside.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the case and may have additional information in a couple of days.

Anyone with information on either case is asked to call the Grandview Police Department at 882-2000.

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