‘He was a hero’: Yakima teen killed in shooting saved lives of family members

YAKIMA, Wash. – The 17-year-old who was shot in Yakima on June 24 has died, according to his family.

NonStop Local spoke with Vanessa and Jazmin Saavedra, cousins of Landynn Lewis, on Wednesday.

They said his actions that day saved his family’s lives.

The cousins said Lewis and his family were waiting in their car for a pizza order from a restaurant on Nob Hill Boulevard when they noticed they were being watched by two men.

They became increasingly intimidating toward Lewis and his family, and eventually one started shooting at the car.

They said Lewis tried driving the car away from the shooter when he was shot, causing a crash.

His cousins said that by driving away from the shooter, Lewis saved them.

He has been in critical condition at a Seattle-area hospital until he was taken off life support on Tuesday. His family said he always brought a smile to everyone’s face and loved football, wrestling and his family.

Yakima Police say the alleged shooter was arrested under suspicion of first degree assault. An investigation is ongoing, and any witnesses are asked to contact the YPD Major Crimes Unit at 509-575-6200.