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Thursday night shooting in S'side blamed on gangs

The clash of two opposing Sunnyside gangs late last night at a neighborhood mini-mart resulted in a 28-year-old man being hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

Detective Jeff Cunningham said local police were called to the Bob's Park and Pak store at Ninth Street and Lincoln Avenue at about 9:20 p.m. last night, after gunshots were heard. As officers were responding to the call, said Cunningham, Steven Coronado, 28, of Sunnyside was dropped off at the Sunnyside Community Hospital emergency room with a gunshot wound to his torso area.

Cunningham said the ensuing investigation revealed that two opposing gangs had arrived at the store in different vehicles. Coronado, said the Sunnyside detective, was with other gang members and started to argue with opposing gang members.

Sought by police for the shooting of Coronado are several suspects. The shooter is believed to be a male who used a semi-automatic handgun. The suspects were last seen in a white Honda sedan heading eastbound on East Lincoln Avenue. The driver of the vehicle is believed to be a female who was wearing a red bandana.

The members of the gang fired upon also fled the scene of the crime before police arrived. Cunningham said they dropped Coronado off at the hospital and fled from there, as well.

Coronado was held overnight at the hospital for observation.

Cunningham is encouraging anyone with information about last night's shooting to contact the local police department (836-6211).

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