Shooting suspect arrested in Tri-Cities

A continuing investigation by the Sunnyside Police Department into the shooting of a 16-year-old boy on July 28 has led to the arrest of Armando Lopez, 26.

Lopez was arrested by a Washington state trooper earlier this week on traffic charges in the Tri-Cities area.

"All tips and leads on Mr. Lopez have led to the arrest in the Tri-Cities area," Police Chief Ed Radder reported today.

According to a release Radder gave to the press, Lopez gave a false name when he was arrested on charges unrelated to the July shooting in Sunnyside.

"When his fingerprints were ran and his real name came to light, Mr. Lopez was served with the warrants from the Sunnyside Police Department," Radder added.

The three charges against Lopez are one count of drive-by shooting, one count of first degree assault and one count of felony/unlawful possession of a firearm.

After the Washington State Patrol traffic violation charges have been dealt with, Lopez will be transported to the Yakima County Jail from Benton County Jail, where he was booked.

"At this time the vehicle Mr. Lopez was driving during the shooting and the weapon he used have not been recovered," Radder noted.

Police are still searching for a black, 1997 Dodge Stratus four-door, with the license plate 076MXD. Police say this vehicle, with at least four men in it, was driven to 801 E. Harrison Avenue where a fight broke out.

The July shooting has been described by police as stemming from gang activity.

Marcus A. Torres, who police say fired the first shot in the July incident, aiming toward the Dodge Stratus, was arrested July 28, and charged with first degree assault. He is still in custody at Yakima County Jail.

The boy, who was mowing his lawn when he was shot by someone in the Dodge Stratus, was an innocent bystander, according to the police. He was treated at Sunnyside Community Hospital for a non-life threatening wound to his thigh and released the same day.

Police Chief Ed Radder emphasized that reward money is available to anyone who has information about crimes committed within the City of Sunnyside.


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