It's been a violent new year in Yakima. Detectives from the Yakima Police Department continue to search for clues in 4 homicides reported in Yakima so far this year. Yakima Police Capt. Jay Seely says they've made arrests in one of the homicides another is under investigation by the Yakima County Prosecutors Office to determine if the shooter will be charged.

The first homicide was reported on January 6 at a local Walmart

The first murder was reported in Yakima on January 6 when a man was shot by another man who claims he was being robbed in the parking lot of the east valley Walmart. No charges have yet been filed against the man who shot another man during a drug deal in the stores parking lot.

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The second homicide was reported on January 11 at the Yakima Inn at 1022 North 1st Street. 38-year-old Clayton Peter Brown Jr. died after being shot in a room at the hotel. He was shot in the head. He lived at the hotel at the time of his death. No arrest has been made in that killing.

The third homicide of the year shocked many in the community even police

The third murder happened January 12 at an apartment on McKinley Avenue. Police arrested 25-year-old Antoinette Miller for the murder of her 4-year-old stepson. Police say she admitted strangling the boy after assaulting him. She's been charged with Second Degree Murder and is being held in the Yakima County jail.

The most recent shooting happened last Wednesday on South 8th Street

The most recent shooting of a 71-year-old man was the fourth homicide reported in Yakima so far this year. Seely says they believe Gerald Moore was the target of the shooting that left him with multiple gunshot wounds to the stomach. He died the in driveway of his home on South 8th Street. There's no word from authorities on what lead to the shooting. No arrest has been made.
Seely says detectives are working to make arrests.

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