Shooting report leads to arrest

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

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

On Monday, a Department of Corrections officer requested assistance from city police to make contact with a man living at 373 S. Second Ave., the area of the possible shooting.

When the man's brother, Marcos Miguel de Jesus, emerged from a bedroom, he was taken into custody on outstanding warrants.

The 20 year-old was allegedly 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 Tuesday.

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.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322. Check out her blog at blogs.ublabs.org/fromthestorageroom.

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