Drive-by shooting leaves two Vancouver men wounded; suspects at large

Police investigate Vancouver highway shooting

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Detectives are looking for witnesses to a drive-by shooting on State Route 500 that left two Vancouver men wounded.

Richard Chandra, 29, was driving a 1997 Honda Civic with passenger Daniel Chandra, 32, when their car was fired on by someone in a passing vehicle.

The Sept. 3 shooting occurred near Thurston Way in Vancouver at around 2 a.m., according to Washington State Trooper William Finn.

Detectives said the Civic was hit by at least 10 bullets from two different calibers of handgun.

Richard Chandra was shot in his left knee and Daniel Chandra was grazed by a bullet on the back of his head. Both will survive their injuries, Finn said.

Witnesses said a dark-colored vehicle was following close behind the Civic before the driver moved to the left in an attempt to pass. Shots were fired from the passenger side of the vehicle, and the injured Chandra pulled over to the shoulder to call 911.

The suspect drove east on SR 500 from downtown Vancouver.

State patrol detectives are asking anyone who witnessed the shooting to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Jennifer Ortiz at 360-449-7948.


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