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October 23, 2011 at 1:04 PM

72-year-old arrested in shooting of Yakima-area farmworker

 Authorities in Yakima County say a 72-year-old man apparently upset with farmworkers in a nearby orchard shot at them from his home and injured a tractor operator.

 Sheriff’s Sgt. John Durand said the 59-year-old worker was shot in the face and neck Saturday afternoon in a semi-rural area east of Yakima. The worker, who is Hispanic, was taken to Yakima Regional Medical Center with injuries that weren’t life-threatening.

 Durand did not release the suspected shooter’s name but the Yakima Herald-Republic (http://bit.ly/qjx2bi ) said police did not rule out racial motivation for the shooting.

 Durand said the suspect gave himself to deputies in his home. He was expected to be booked into jail on investigation of first-degree assault and attempted assault.

 

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