Two more arrested in Harrison Avenue shootings

Sunnyside police have arrested two more people in connection with the July 28 gang-related shootings at 801 E. Harrison Ave.

Arrested for maintaining a public nuisance was Alma Karina Huerta, 22, who was the renter of record at the house where the shooting occurred, said Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder.

A 17-year-old male was also arrested in connection with last Thursday's shootings. The youth was arrested and charged with several counts of probation violations, said Radder.

"We expect to be making more arrests in this case," he said.

The shooting in which a 16-year-old boy was injured followed a confrontation involving four people in a black Dodge Stratus, which pulled up in front of the Harrison Avenue house.

Last Thursday's shooting was the second time in a week and a half in which police officers were called to the Harrison Avenue home to investigate a shooting.

According to the police, the July 28 altercation began with verbal threats and moved to rock throwing and then gun shots when Marcos A. Torres, a resident of a nearby house, allegedly began shooting at the individuals in the car. Those in the care were reported to have returned gunfire.

Torres has been arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and may face felony charges for owning a sawed-off shotgun, Radder said.

Police continue to seek the whereabouts of Armando Gonzalez, 26, and Carlos Juan Flores, 24, believed to have been in the Stratus, as well as Manuel Daniels, 23, who is believed to have been injured in the shooting.

Radder said eviction proceedings to have Huerta removed from the house were initiated soon after the property owner was made aware of the situation.

"Renting a residence and allowing criminal acts, such as gang activities, to take place there is a crime," Radder said.

"A crime we intend to prosecute," he added.


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