Double homicide in S'side believed to be drug related

Sunnyside police now believe a June 28 Parkland Homes shooting in which two men were killed and three others were injured may have been drug related.

This morning (Wednesday), Sunnyside Deputy Police Chief Phil Schenck said the case in which both Jesus Jaime Torres, 24, of Pasco and Jose Barragon-Guevera, 37, no known address, were shot to death, was definitely not gang related.

"We now believe it was drug related," he said.

Tuesday, one of the three men injured in the Parkland shootout was released from Sunnyside Community Hospital into the custody of U.S. Immigration officials.

Schenck said the man, Alvaro Perez, is now being held at the Sunnyside Law and Justice Center. He said he expects a second shooting victim, Jesus Villalobos, 34, of Sunnyside, now being treated at Sunnyside Community Hospital, will also be released into police custody when he leaves the hospital.

A third victim, Leo Sanchez, no known address or date of birth, is still listed in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Schenck said the Sunnyside Police Department is still waiting for the results from the Washington State Crime Lab experts' examination of the crime scene. The shootings occurred June 28 at #36 E. Parkland Drive in Sunnyside, at Parkland Homes.


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