Details emerge in Burbank shooting death

Sheriff's officers are searching for two suspects in connection with the Friday homicide.


Details began to emerge today about the fatal shooting of a man in Burbank early Friday.

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Capt. Bill White said today at this time no known motive has been established for the murder.

Investigators are seeking two suspects who they believe left the area after the homicide, possibly in a silver-colored 2000-2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

White said the victim was a Latino man in his mid-30s who was discovered by an acquaintance in a shop at 524 Basin Drive. The victim was a Pasco resident who had a woodworking shop on the property.

According to a sheriff's office report prepared for court today, deputies were called to the location at 8:02 a.m. and determined the man had apparently died of two bullet wounds from a .45-caliber automatic.

Witnesses told deputies the victim had been in his shop Thursday night with Jesus Albert Mendoza Camacho, 27, Pasco, and two other unidentified subjects. A witness, Hector Morales Garcia, told police the men had been drinking beer since about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and the group were still talking and singing karaoke when Garcia left them at 12:20 a.m. Friday to go to bed in a next-door house.

Sometime after 4 a.m., Miguel Farias, who was also sleeping in the house, told deputies Camacho left the shop and after knocking on the home's door, walked in and called out asking if he could get a ride. According to witnesses, Camacho seemed scared and said he had been left at the residence. After no one would give him a ride, Camacho indicated he was going to leave on foot.

A next-door neighbor told police he had been lifting weights in his garage at 4:20 a.m. when he heard "two loud pops or smacks of some kind." The neighbor said he went outside and saw a person get into a dark-colored sport-utility vehicle, which then quickly left the property. Another neighbor told police she also heard what she thought were gun shots at 4:25 a.m.

Investigators were able to locate Camacho later Friday at a residence where he was staying in Pasco. He was arrested but Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Joe Golden said today Camacho was being released without charges. Camacho told officials he was passed out and woke up when he heard shots.

Walla Walla County Coroner Frank Brown said today an autopsy showed the cause of death was due to "massive internal injuries" by two gunshot wounds to the left side of the victim's neck and left clavicle. Officials have not yet been able to confirm the victim's identity through his fingerprints or dental records, Brown said.

Reporter Terry McConn contributed to this story.


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