4 accused in drive-by shooting face Oct. trial

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Four men charged in connection with a road-rage drive-by shooting have had a trial set for Oct. 15.

Kenneth G. Kirkland, 21, Tylor M. Myers, 18, Fredrick R. Bolds, 17, all of Vancouver, and Ted W. Washington, 17, a transient, were arraigned Friday in Clark County Superior Court.

All four men are charged with first-degree assault with a firearm enhancement and drive-by shooting. Washington and Kirkland also were charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

The four men were arrested early Aug. 17 after the driver of another car, Raymond Grendahl, reported to police that the rear passenger of a white Ford Explorer fired five to eight shots at his car. No one was hurt.

Grendahl said the shooting came after he was cut off by the Explorer in the area of East 18th Street and Stapleton Road. Police said Grendahl and the occupants of the other car exchanged words, and Grendahl or a passenger in his vehicle "threw or struck, possibly a glass bottle or bat, at the windshield of the Explorer and drove off," according to court documents.

However, Grendahl denies damaging the other car and said something was thrown at him.

Grendahl said he drove off and thought the confrontation was over. But, he said, he later noticed the car following him in the same area. That's when the alleged shooting occurred, according to court documents.

Grendahl called 911 and dispatchers traced the Explorer's license plate to an apartment at the Cedar Ridge Apartment Complex in the 4200 block of East 18th Street.

Bolds, Washington and Kirkland are being held in the Clark County Jail; Myers posted bail and has been released.

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