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Moses Lake Police release more details on deadly weekend shooting

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. -

Detectives with the Moses Lake Police Department released more details about a shooting that left a 68-year-old man dead outside a business. The man was shot and killed following a fight outside a business in the 200 block of W. Broadway overnight Saturday. He was not involved in the fight.

Detectives have identified the two men arrested that night as 25-year-old Ismael Ortiz, Jr. of Moses lake and 25-year-old Jose Rodriguez also of Moses Lake. Ortiz has been charged with second degree murder while Rodriguez has been charged with Rendering Criminal Assistance. Police say more charges are expected against both men.

According to police, Ortiz, Rodriguez and a third unidentified man got into a fight at a bar. All three men either left or were kicked out of the bar and walked eastbound down Broadway. Shortly after leaving the bar, witnesses saw Ortiz fire multiple shots from a handgun. The 68-year-old victim was parked in a car and was pulling out onto the street when he was struck in the head by one of the shots.

 Immediately after the shooting three vehicles were observed by witnesses leaving the area. Detectives are interested in speaking to anyone in those vehicles as potential witnesses to the crime. They are also concerned one or more of the vehicle seen leaving may have been struck by the gunfire.

Detectives are also trying to find out more information on the third man involved in the fight inside the bar. That man is described as a white man in his mid-30s with a thin build and was wearing a white tank top at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to call Moses Lake Police Detectives at 509-764-3887.

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