Man pleads not guilty in drive-by

Alleged driver for shooting is charged as an accomplice

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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A Vancouver man pleaded not guilty Friday in Clark County Superior Court to being an accomplice in a drive-by shooting Jan. 26 in Orchards.

Terrance B. Joshua, 21, was charged with drive-by shooting for allegedly driving the vehicle during the crime. He is in jail on $75,000 bail, and also faces charges related to a separate case: There was a warrant for hit-and-run and reckless driving.

Joshua's friend Kevin T. Barsotti, 19, pleaded not guilty Thursday to shooting at a teenage boy who had failed to find marijuana for their group of friends.

Joshua was driving the vehicle from which Barsotti fired, according to a probable cause affidavit.

An informant reported the shooting to Clark County Sheriff's Office and put deputies in contact with the two suspects' friend Andrew Musgrave, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states:

Musgrave told police that he, Barsotti and Joshua planned to drive Jan. 26 in one car to another friend's Hazel Dell apartment, where they all would hang out. Joshua and Barsotti said they needed to run an errand around 10:45 p.m. and drove the group to a convenience store on Northeast 51st Circle to pick up Zack, a teenager.

As the group drove around Orchards, Zack made about seven cellphone calls but failed to find someone who would sell them marijuana.

"Andrew said they were on 94th Avenue, and Terrance and Kevin began getting frustrated so they kicked Zack out of the car."

Zack walked north on the west side of 94th, while the rest drove in the same direction on the road. When the group had nearly reached their friend's apartment, Barsotti allegedly said, "I'm gonna buck at him."

Joshua allegedly replied, "Oh, yeah," and laughed.

Joshua later told police that he asked Barsotti, "You're gonna shoot at him?" and Barsotti replied, "Yeah."

Then, the documents state, Joshua made a U-turn and headed back toward Zack. Barsotti allegedly took out a pistol and fired two or three shots at Zack's feet in the 6800 block of Northeast 94th Avenue.

A resident of the block said she and her children heard popping sounds around midnight Jan. 26.

Deputies found a .380 shell casing in the grass near where the shooting happened.

Court documents indicate that investigators have not yet located the victim. His last name and age are unknown at this time.

Paris Achen: 360-735-4551; http://twitter.com/Col_Courts; paris.achen@columbian.com.