PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GRANT COUNTRY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Sunday morning, Brandon Michael Mende, age 16 of Moses Lake, died after being shot while attending a party at a home on Turnkey Road in Moses Lake.
Brandon Mende was also the victim of the Jan. 20 shooting on Arlington Dr. in Moses Lake. He received non-life-threatening injuries after being chased and shot by an unidentified assailant. Authorities believe Brandon was targeted Jan. 20 and Sunday morning, and that both shootings were not random.
In all criminal cases, we need victims and witnesses to cooperate with investigators and help us bring criminals to justice. Without victim and witness cooperation, investigations can stall and criminals may never be held accountable.
In the January case, witnesses and Brandon Mende did not cooperate with detectives, and as a result, arresting and charging the shooter in the first case was not possible.
The sheriff in Grant County says: To Brandon’s family: I am very sorry for your loss and I hope you can find peace. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain of losing a child. I am hopeful witnesses to Brandon Mende’s death will feel compelled to help investigators identify the person who killed him and help bring that person to justice.
A 16-year-old was shot and killed early Sunday morning just outside of Moses Lake.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office said the boy was shot at a home in the Larson Housing area just outside the city of Moses Lake around 3:00am. Detectives say the boy was targeted and the shooting is not random. The victim was not identified in a press release sent out early Sunday morning. The Sheriff's Office also said there are no suspects in custody.
>>>Anyone with information is asked to call the Grant County Sheriff’s Office at 509-762-1160 or send information to email@example.com. Reference case number 14GS01790. Tipsters can remain anonymous.