3 teen murder suspects in Pasco neighborhood shooting have gang ties, police say

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A smiling murder suspect was caught on camera Monday allegedly trying to flash a note to friends at his first court appearance, according to a deputy prosecutor.

Deputy Prosecutor Daniel Stovern pointed out Angel Isaiah Garcia, 18, had a slip of paper in his hand that he was flashing in front of the camera as he sat in the jail.

After Stovern mentioned it, Garcia appeared to roll something between his fingers, then open up his hands.

Garcia is charged with starting the shootout in front of a home on the 6100 block of Pimlico Drive.

He and his two friends, Brian Armando Panduro-Valenzuela and Osman C. Morales Salto, both 18, are being kept separate inside the Franklin County jail while they face charges of second-degree murder and first-degree assault.

The three have ties with gangs, but police have not linked the shooting of Denali Anderson, 20, or Caiden Gawith, 18, to gang activity.

All three were due back in court on Tuesday to enter official pleas to the charges.

Murder suspect Brian Armando Panduro-Valenzuelao sits near a provisional public defense lawyer Monday during his prelimary hearing using a video link from jail in Franklin County Superior Court in Pasco.
Murder suspect Brian Armando Panduro-Valenzuelao sits near a provisional public defense lawyer Monday during his prelimary hearing using a video link from jail in Franklin County Superior Court in Pasco.

They appeared Monday via video conference from the Franklin County jail where they are each being held on $250,000 bail.

They’re also are being kept away from each other while in jail and were each escorted separately to the arraignment room where they appeared by video.

Two of the men, Garcia and Panduro-Valenzuela, were read their rights while they were still in their cells. That’s when Garcia held the scrap of paper in his hands.

They also were ordered not to contact each other or Gawith if they are released.

Murder suspect Osman Morales Salto stands during his prelimary hearing using a video link from jail in Franklin County Superior Court in Pasco.
Murder suspect Osman Morales Salto stands during his prelimary hearing using a video link from jail in Franklin County Superior Court in Pasco.

Neighborhood shootout

It remains unclear what prompted the shooting that started outside on the 6000 block of Pimlico Drive. According to investigators there was a house party going on in the neighborhood at the time

Caiden Gawith — one of the teens shot and wounded — later told investigators that he and Denali Anderson approached a white Nissan Altima.

He said Anderson and Panduro-Valenzuela began arguing, and Garcia got out of the rear passenger seat and allegedly started shooting, according to court records.

Denali Anderson
Denali Anderson

He believed that the two other teens also opened fire.

Gawith was shot in the lower stomach and in the chest as he stood next to the car.

Anderson crawled away from the shooting, got his .22 caliber handgun and “unloaded the magazine” toward the Altima, according to Gawith’s statement.

Police didn’t say in court documents if they found that gun.

Gawith saw Anderson fall to the ground and then one of the other two teens got out of the Nissan and shot Anderson twice, according to the documents.

During the investigation, officers also discovered a backpack and a blood trail leading to a 9/380 semi-automatic handgun. The blood trail continued toward the driveway and then to Gawith.

He later confirmed that it was his gun.

Search ends in Spokane

Police started getting calls about the shots just after 11 p.m., and found Anderson and Gawith wounded. Officers started performing first aid and Gawith was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. Anderson died at the scene.

Panduro-Valenzuela showed up later at the same hospital with a bullet wound. He told police he was sitting in a nearby car when the gunfire started and he was struck by a bullet, according to court records.

An impromptu memorial was left on the sidewalk in a west Pasco neighborhood in memory of Denali Anderson, a 20-year-old Kennewick man who was shot and killed at a party on Aug. 6, 2022.
An impromptu memorial was left on the sidewalk in a west Pasco neighborhood in memory of Denali Anderson, a 20-year-old Kennewick man who was shot and killed at a party on Aug. 6, 2022.

Police discovered the Nissan Altima, which is linked to Panduro-Valenzuela, at Road 72 and West Argent Road with several bullet holes.

Part of an inside door handle was found at the scene at the shooting and the interior driver’s side door handle was missing from the car.

Late last week, investigators learned the teens were in Spokane, where Panduro-Valenzuela lives.

Pasco detectives worked with Spokane police Violent Crimes Task Force to arrest the three on Friday.

They were initially booked into the Spokane County jail before being transferred to the Franklin County jail in Pasco.