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Gangs suspected in Moses Lake man’s death

A 19-year-old Moses Lake man was shot to death in a suspected gang killing Tuesday in a residential area near the Grant County airport.

Juan M. Vasquez Jr. died at Samaritan Hospital. He was in a Honda Civic when gunfire erupted from an approaching vehicle with an unknown number of occupants.

Vasquez attempted to flee in the vehicle, but collided with a 1979 Ford Bronco driven by Jeffery E. Forrest, 50, of Moses Lake, at Patton Boulevard and Doolittle Drive. Deputies said they believe Vasquez died from an apparent gunshot wound to the back.

Undersheriff John Turley said it is potentially the third gang-related killing and 11th gang shooting in unincorporated Grant County this year. Deputies are working to identify the assailant or assailants.