GRANT COUNTY, Wash. - A man was shot multiple times in an orchard near Quincy Friday morning. Authorities were still searching for the suspected shooter Friday afternoon.
Arnoldo Cazares Mendoza, 20, is accused of shooting Luis Ochoa Murillo, 23, of Quincy multiple times in the abdomen according to Grant County officials. Murillo remains in the hospital.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office responded to the shooting around 7:30am 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. Authorities said his condition after the transport was not known.
Detectives say 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.
Due to the amount of field workers at the scene who were possible witnesses, the Columbia Basin Investigative Team was called to the scene. The team included detectives from the sheriff’s office, Washington State Patrol, Moses Lake Police, and Quincy Police.
Investigators said the relationship between Mendoza and the victim is unclear. They want anyone with information on his whereabouts to call 911. Officers said he should be considered armed and dangerous.