Trial postponed in drive-by shooting

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WALLA WALLA — Trial for a man accused of firing a handgun from a moving vehicle last fall has been postponed six months in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Frank P. Tamayo, 27, initially was set for trial Dec. 17 on two counts of drive-by shooting and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Tamayo can’t legally have a gun due to a previous conviction as a juvenile, according to officials.

The trial now is scheduled to begin June 17.

Police said Tamayo — a local gang member — was a backseat passenger in a 2002 Dodge Neon when he fired four or five shots into the air while traveling in the area of Isaacs Avenue and Ash Street about 1:15 a.m. Oct. 30.

He then allegedly shot three more times as the car was near Eighth Avenue and Moore Street. No injuries were reported.

Officials stopped the vehicle shortly afterward near Pine and Bowman streets. Tamayo was arrested and booked into the County Jail.

A .38-caliber revolver reportedly was located in the backseat floorboard area of the car.

Police couldn’t identify a target or motive for the shooting.

Tamayo has been released from jail pending the outcome of his case.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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