Trial postponed in shooting case


WALLA WALLA — Trial for a man accused of firing a handgun from a moving vehicle last fall has been postponed again in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Frank P. Tamayo, 27, most recently was set to face a jury June 17 on two counts of drive-by shooting and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, but the proceedings have been rescheduled to begin Oct. 29.

This is the second time the trial has been delayed. It initially was set to start Dec. 17.

Police said Tamayo — a local gang member — was a backseat passenger in a 2002 Dodge Neon when he fired four or five shots into the air while traveling in the area of Isaacs Avenue and Ash Street about 1:15 a.m. Oct. 30.

He then allegedly shot three more times as the car was near Eighth Avenue and Moore Street. No injuries were reported.

Officials stopped the vehicle shortly afterward near Pine and Bowman streets.

A .38-caliber revolver reportedly was located in the backseat floorboard area of the car. Tamayo can’t legally have a gun due to a previous conviction as a juvenile, according to officials.

Police couldn’t identify a target or motive for the shooting.

Tamayo was arrested and booked into the County Jail at the time. He later was released pending the outcome of his case.


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