Pair's drive-by shooting trial delayed

Daniel Ramos-Lara and Francisco Casillas Jr. are accused in connection with a shooting near Howard-Tietan Park last summer.

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WALLA WALLA -- Two men now are scheduled to face a jury in April for their alleged roles in what police say was a gang-related, drive-by shooting at Howard and Tietan streets last summer.

Daniel Ramos-Lara and Francisco Casillas Jr. are set for trial April 23 in Walla Walla County Superior Court. The proceedings were slated to begin next Monday.

Ramos-Lara, 26, of 434 Ankeny St., is charged with four counts of first-degree assault and one count each of drive-by shooting and riot.

Casillas, 30, whose last known address isn't confirmed, is accused of complicity in all of the charges.

Officials said Ramos-Lara and other gang members were in an extended-cab Chevrolet pickup -- driven by Casillas -- that was chasing rival gang members in a Chevy Tahoe about 5:40 p.m. July 28.

As the vehicles were heading north on Howard at Tietan, Ramos-Lara -- a front-seat passenger in the pickup -- fired shots from a .22-caliber revolver at the fleeing Tahoe in a northeasterly direction, according to a police report filed in court.

A witness told police the Tahoe then headed east on Tietan and the pickup fled either west on Tietan or continued north on Howard.

A bullet penetrated a window of a residence, but no one in the house was injured, nor were there reports of any gang members being hurt.

Another suspect, Joseph D. Dejesus, 20, is scheduled for trial March 20 on a charge of felony riot for allegedly throwing rocks at the Tahoe from the bed of the pickup.

Two others who reportedly were in the back throwing rocks were charged in juvenile court.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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