WENATCHEE — A bullet fired during a drive-by in a Wenatchee Valley Mall parking lot July 28 came within six inches of hitting a baby in a stroller, police say.
The .45-caliber bullet, fired by a man in a moving car, was recovered from a low section of the stroller used to carry things, said Dan Reierson, assistant East Wenatchee police chief.
A man who owned the stroller showed the damaged part of the stroller and the bullet to police two to three days after the shooting. The bullet had been lodged in stroller material, Reierson said.
No one was injured in the shooting, which happened in the parking lot on the south side of Macy’s.
On Monday, the Douglas County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for the arrest of the suspected shooter, Jose Luis Sanchez, 23, of Bridgeport.
He is charged with first-degree attempted murder while armed with a firearm, two counts of first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. There is also a special allegation that Sanchez is a member of a criminal street gang.
On Thursday, officers served a search warrant on a home where Sanchez had been staying in the 2100 block of Tacoma Street in Bridgeport but did not find Sanchez.
Reierson said witnesses to the shooting noted a tattoo on the back of the shooter’s head. Officers were aware of a person with that tattoo, and witnesses identified Sanchez in a photo montage, Reierson said.
The shooter, who was a passenger in a car, fired about 10 shots at a man, a woman and a baby as they were walking in the parking lot about 6 p.m. July 28, Reierson said. The man being shot at also had a gun, and fired back “at least one round,” Reierson said.
The men involved in the shooting had earlier been involved in an altercation inside the mall that mall security broke up, Reierson said.
The man who later fired from the car had told the other man that he did not like his tattoos.