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Juvenile shot in Grandview gang incident

GRANDVIEW - Following a gang related fight last Thursday, Grandview police are increasing street patrols at certain times of the day to curb any activity that may lead to a similar incident.

Police were called to Dykstra Park last Thursday after receiving a report that a large fight was taking place.

When officers arrived, they found about 20 individuals fighting that they identified as being members of the Little Valley Locos and Bell Garden Locos gangs. According to Assistant Chief of Police Mark Ware, when officers arrived, the group disbursed and fled on foot, but officers did arrest three individuals and learn the identities of some of those that fled.

During this time, officers reported hearing gunshots from a north area of the park, but the source of gunshots could not be determined because of the number of small groups running in the vicinity.

During a follow-up investigation, police found multiple cartridge casings from a small caliber weapon in the 500 block of West Fourth Street. According to Ware, a vehicle in the area was struck by a bullet.

Following the incident, officers searched a home identified as a gang house in the 300 block of Avenue D, but no shooting suspects were identified and no firearms were located in the house.

Ultimately, six individuals were arrested for disorderly conduct for being involved in the gang fight. Officers also arrested a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old for assault in the fourth degree, disorderly conduct and riot. Ware said the charges will be prosecuted in Grandview District Court.

Also, a 20-year-old female was arrested for obstructing an officer and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

"These charges are a result of this person's efforts at disrupting the arrest process during the initial fight call," Ware said, adding that in the aftermath of the fight, a 26-year-old male was patted down and a large spiked weapon was found on him, as well as a glass pipe. He was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a dangerous weapon.

The next day, Grandview officers responded to Sunnyside Community Hospital after learning there was a juvenile male there with a through-and-through flesh wound that appeared to be from a small caliber bullet. During the course of investigation, police learned that the individual was one that had fled the scene the day prior at Dykstra Park.

The victim offered no identification of who shot him, but did identify the shooter as a member from the rival gang, Bell Garden Locos.

"We encourage anyone to call and report any suspicious activity or gathering of gang members in their area," said Ware.

"Additionally, anyone having information on the Thursday shooting incident is asked to call the Grandview Police Department at 882-2000."

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