No motive or suspect in fatal Mattawa shooting



MATTAWA, Wash. (AP) — The Grant County sheriff’s office says detectives are working hard but they have no suspect or motive in the fatal shooting of a pregnant woman in Mattawa.

Chief Deputy Ryan Rectenwald said Tuesday the woman had no significant history of contact with police. He says there’s nothing to indicate drugs or gangs were involved, and it wasn’t a drive-by shooting or domestic violence. Rectenwald says it’s his personal opinion that it was not random.

The 28-year-old woman, Esperanza Vicente-Mestizo, was unloading groceries from her car late Saturday night outside her apartment when she was shot by someone on foot.

Seven-and-a-half months pregnant, she was taken to a hospital in Othello where she and the unborn boy died.