By Associated Press - Thursday, May 14, 2020

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - A reported gang member has died after being shot multiple times in Yakima, authorities said.

The Yakima Police Department has said Danny Lee Branscomb, 39, died Tuesday, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported.

“We do not believe this was a random act of violence,” Capt. Jay Seely said. “We believe the victim may have been targeted because of his known gang affiliation.”



Police responded to a report of gunshots around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday near U.S. Route 12 where Branscomb was found in a vehicle with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said.

Branscomb was taken to Virginia Mason Memorial hospital where he later died, Seely said.

The Yakima County coroner’s office has scheduled an autopsy Thursday.

The department’s major-crime and gang units are investigating reports that another vehicle was in the area at the time of the shooting.

Anyone with information is encouraging to call local authorities.

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