A Quincy man was shot this morning and police are searching right now for the suspect.
Around 7:30 a.m. deputies, Washington State Patrol, Grant Fire Dist. 3 and Protection One ambulance answered a call for a shooting in the 20300 block of State Route 28 West about two miles west of Quincy.
Responders found an adult male in the orchard shot multiple times in the belly. He was alive when he was transported from the scene and was later flown to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee. His current condition is unknown.
The shooter, identified as 20-year-old Arnoldo Cazares Mendoza of Quincy, fled in a pickup truck. That truck was found abandoned a short time later in an orchard near County Roads 9 and U-Northwest. Officers and Douglas County tracking dogs searched the orchard on the ground and a U.S Border Patrol helicopter and WSP airplane searched from the air. Mendoza was not found in the orchard.
Right now, officers are searching several places where Mendoza may have gone. The relationship between Mendoza and the victim is unclear.
Mendoza is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who knows where he may be should call 9-1-1.
Due to the amount of field workers at the scene who are possible witnesses, the Columbia Basin Investigative Team is on scene. The team includes detectives from the sheriff’s office, Washington State Patrol, Moses Lake Police, and Quincy Police.