Police Continue Their Search for Suspects in Drive-by Shooting
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Twin Falls police say they are still working to identify a person or persons of interest in the drive-by shooting that took the life of a 16-year-old boy Saturday.
The shooting took place a little before 4 p.m. in an otherwise quiet neighborhood near Canyon Ridge High School. The victim, Vason Widaman, was riding his bicycle when multiple shots rang out, knocking him off his bike near the subdivision’s entrance where he died. A dark-colored vehicle was reported seen leaving the area at the time of the shooting.
The occupants of a dark-colored Cadillac were reported to have flashed guns and made gang signs in another neighborhood earlier last week, but on Monday morning County Prosecutor Grant Loebs, whose office is handling the investigation of Saturday's shooting, said there’s no reason at this time to believe the incidents are related.
Administration at both Canyon Ridge and Robert Stuart Middle School asked for more police surveillance today because parents were concerned about their children’s safety, said Twin Falls District spokeswoman Eva Craner. She said she did not know of any threats made at the schools Monday, but on Friday a 14-year-old student had brought a handgun to the middle school that discharged in a classroom. Luckily, the bullet hit a table leg and no injuries were reported.
An autopsy will be performed on Widamar’s body in Boise, County Coroner Gene Turley said, noting it is standard procedure to do so in any homicide case.