BRIDGEPORT — Authorities have arrested a 23-year-old man charged with attempted murder in a drive-by shooting July 28 in a Wenatchee Valley Mall parking lot.
Jose Luis Sanchez of Bridgeport was arrested Friday about 11:30 p.m. when Douglas County sheriff’s deputies stopped a car that had just pulled out from outside Chief Joseph Tavern, said Dan Reierson, East Wenatchee’s assistant police chief.
A deputy had earlier spotted the car, which was known to be associated with Sanchez, and called for backup.
Sanchez was arrested without incident.
He had grown his hair out, but a large tattoo on the back of his head was still visible, Reierson said. The tattoo had been key in witnesses’ identification of the shooting suspect.
Sanchez was being held on $1 million bail in the Okanogan County Jail. He was arrested on a Douglas County Superior Court warrant charging 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.
A bullet fired during the drive-by shooting came within six inches of hitting a baby, who was in a stroller, police say. It was also fired at a man and a woman who were with the baby.
The .45-caliber bullet, apparently fired by a man in a moving car, was recovered from a low section of the stroller used to carry things, Reierson said.
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 in the parking lot on the south side of Macy’s.
The shooter, who was a passenger in a car, fired about 10 shots at the man, woman and 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, Reierson said.
Sanchez had earlier been arrested in connection with a 2009 drive-by shooting in Okanogan County.
A jury, however, found him not guilty of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a drive-by shooting in connection with an August 2009 shooting in Omak that left an Idaho man with brain injuries.