PASCO, Wash. — The lone survivor of an auto body shop massacre that left five men dead rested under guard in a hospital Wednesday, while police searched for two gunmen who had traded "dirty looks" with their victims in the past.
Police speculated that drug dealing may have sparked the shootings, but stressed they had no firm motive. Drugs, especially cocaine, have long been a problem in this south-central Washington town of 19,000 residents, police Sgt. Andy Anderson said.
The survivor, Jesse Rocio, 20, of Pasco, was kept under guard at a hospital while being treated for a minor wound, then was transferred to jail pending a court hearing today on whether he will be held as a material witness, Anderson said.
Anderson said police are concerned about possible retribution by suspects.
Rocio said in a telephone interview from his hospital bed that he could think of no motive for the shootings Tuesday evening in Medina's Body Shop on Pasco's industrial east side, where four of the victims were employed.