Police investigate Sunday evening shooting

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WALLA WALLA - A shooting Sunday evening is under investigation by the Walla Walla Police Department and has led to an arrest on another charge.

Officers responded at 9:50 p.m. to a report of shots being fired on South Second Avenue. Neighbors in the area told officers they heard yelling that someone named Marcos had been shot, according to the case report.

Witnesses told officers they had seen a shirtless man and others wielding homemade clubs and yelling at a shiny, black truck as it drove by an address in the 300 block of South Second Avenue.

At the time, police were unable to find a victim or evidence of a shooting, officials said today.

On Monday, a Department of Corrections officer requested assistance from WWPD to make contact with Marcos Miguel de Jesus, 373 S. Second Ave., because of the possible shooting and assault. The 20 year-old man was allegedly found to be in possession of a number of stolen items, including a laptop computer from Whitman College and property from a recent Newell Street home burglary. The total value of recovered items is about $6,500, according to a police report presented in court this morning.

Following his arrest on first degree possession of stolen property, de Jesus was taken to a hospital to be checked out for a minor wound in his abdomen. That turned out to likely be from a pellet gun, said Tim Bennett, public information officer for the police department.

The victim is affiliated with a local gang and the suspect in the assault is believed to be a member of rival gang, Bennett said.

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