Sunnyside police arrest shooting suspect, victim not yet found

Juan Sanchez, 28, of Sunnyside was taken into custody this past Friday, following an investigation by Sunnyside police officers of a possible shooting in Sunnyside on Tuesday, May 30.

"On May 30th at 2:23 p.m., officers received a report of shots fired in the area of Ninth and Harrison and officers contacted witnesses," said Det. Sgt. Jeff Cunningham.

"We recovered shell casings and have a suspect (Sanchez) in custody, but no charges have been made yet because we're still doing follow-up investigation."

Cunningham said investigation leads them to believe there was a shooting victim. "We're trying to locate that person," he said.

During the detectives's investigation, a search of a house in the 700 block of South Ninth Street produced a bulletproof vest.

Cunningham said a 14-year-old female was arrested and questioned last Thursday afternoon in relation to the shooting.

"We had information about a vehicle and occupants that may have been involved in the shooting and we located it last Thursday in the area of 16th Street and Yakima Valley Highway," said Cunningham, adding that, before officers could stop the vehicle, it stopped and two juveniles ran from it.

One of them, a 14-year-old girl, was arrested, charged with being in possession of drug paraphernalia and questioned about the May 30th shooting.

"The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected," Cunningham said.

Sanchez was arrested by the county's drug task force in Grandview this past Friday. He was held in the Sunnyside Jail briefly, before being sent to the Yakima County Jail.

"He was arrested on charges of other felonies," said Cunningham, who added that Sanchez appeared in Sunnyside's Municipal Court yesterday (Tuesday) on an arrest warrant unrelated to the shooting.

He is being held in the Yakima County Jail.


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