A judge set bail at $2.5 million Wednesday for an Ocean Park man accused in a fatal Vancouver shooting that prosecutors called a targeted attack.
24-year-old Yana N. Cook appeared in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree murder and a drive-by shooting. He will be taken into custody on November 30.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Lauren Boyd said Cook has 11 warrants out for his arrest since 2017 and is subject to four criminal protection orders. She also recited a lengthy criminal history that included gun-related convictions.
Vancouver police responded at 8:07 p.m. Nov. 6 to what was initially reported as a single-vehicle accident in the 6500 block of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard. Officers learned that the 26-year-old driver of the Chevrolet Malibu that was involved in the crash had been pulled from the car by a rear passenger.
Officers learned the driver of the Chevrolet had a head injury consistent with being hit by a car and a bullet hole in the driver’s side window, court documents state.
Medical personnel found the driver had suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to court records. The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the victim’s identity, cause and manner of death, the Vancouver Police Department said.
6317 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. The Infiniti FX 35 was observed on surveillance video by Park Police at Le apartment complex, and was repositioned several times. Investigators learned that Infiniti was in contact with Cook. The victim’s Chevrolet was later found in the same lot, the affidavit said.
The video shows Cook getting out of the Infiniti and getting into the passenger seat, the affidavit said. A man, who has not yet been identified by police, can be seen getting into the driver’s seat.
As the Chevrolet pulled out of the parking lot, the Infiniti followed close behind without turning on its headlights in the dark, officials said.
The Infiniti was captured on surveillance video with the C-Tran speeding up to catch up with the Chevrolet. When the vehicles reached the intersection of Northeast 65th Avenue and Fourth Plain Boulevard, police said a flash from the muzzle of a gun could be seen from the passenger side, according to court documents.
The Chevrolet then veered to the right and struck a fence and trees near the bus stop, according to the affidavit. The Infiniti continued eastbound on Fourth Plain Boulevard.
“Based on video surveillance, it appears Yana Cook was waiting for and targeting the victim,” the affidavit said.
Investigators said they did not know the relationship between Cook and the victim and did not know who the driver of the Infiniti was.
Officers found a 5.7×28 mm casing at the scene of the shooting, which was consistent with a .223 rifle round, according to the affidavit.
Cook appeared in Raymond the next day for a probation check-in at the Washington State Department of Corrections. Court documents state he was seen exiting the infinity associated with the shooting.
He was arrested in Raymond on Tuesday, Vancouver police said.