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S'side 16-year-old shot in clash of rival gangs

Gang warfare has apparently broken out in Sunnyside.

A second shooting incident at a home in the 800 block of East Harrison Avenue occurred yesterday. Injured was a 16-year-old boy. A similar shooting incident occurred at the same Sunnyside residence a week and a half ago.

"All parties involved have admitted to being involved in gang activity," said Sunnyside Police Chief Ed Radder.

Sunnyside police were called to the East Harrison Avenue home Thursday afternoon, at about 5:40 p.m., via a report of shots being fired. Upon their arrival the officers discovered a 16-year-old boy, whom, Radder said, had a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his thigh. Radder said the teen was treated at Sunnyside Community Hospital for his injury and released.

The subsequent investigation reveals that more than one gun was discharged at the scene.

Yesterday's shootings stem from a confrontation that occurred when a black Dodge Stratus, with at least four people in it, arrived at the home and began exchanging verbal threats and throwing rocks. At a house across the street from where the 16-year-old and his friends were being challenged, Radder said Marcus A. Torres came out of the home with a gun and fired a shot towards the men in the Dodge Stratus.

"One of the individuals that had arrived in the Stratus then began shooting, resulting in the 16-year-old being struck in the leg," said Radder.

Shortly thereafter, the car sped off.

Three of the men in the Dodge Stratus have been identified, said Radder. And one of them, 23-year-old Manuel Daniels, is believed to be seriously hurt as a result of sustaining a wound from a broken bottle. Radder said the injury to Daniels was serious enough that he requires medical attention.

The two other occupants of the vehicle who have been identified are Armando Gonzales, 26, and Carlos Juan Flores, 24.

Radder said Sunnyside police are currently seeking the whereabouts of Daniels, Gonzales and Flores, as well as the fourth unidentified occupant of the Dodge Stratus.

"When located, they will be charged with felony assault," said Radder. "At this time they are to be considered armed and dangerous."

Torres, the individual whom police say opened fire on the four men in the car, was taken into custody at the house from which he came out of. Radder said officers recovered the gun Torres used, as well as one other firearm they found in the Torres home.

The person who is renting the house where the two gang confrontations occurred in the last week and a half, 22-year-old Alma Huerta, has been taken into custody on charges of maintaining a public nuisance, for what Radder terms as allowing gang activity to take place there. Radder added that the property owner was summoned to the scene and eviction actions have been initiated.

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