Rival gangs exchange gunfire in Grandview, one wounded

GRANDVIEW - Multiple shots rang out at about 7 p.m. in Grandview last night, Wednesday, as two rival gangs reportedly exchanged gunfire in the 700 block of West Fifth Street and Crescent Drive.

Juan Zepeda, 27, was injured in the incident, but police say the injuries to his leg are minor-the bullet travelled up his leg and got lodged in his thigh. After receiving medical treatment, Zepeda is currently housed in the Grandview jail.

Police say it wasn't until after the incident broke out that the gang members got into vehicles and fled. At some point, police say Zepeda allegedly pointed a firearm at an innocent bystander in the area of West Fifth Street and Avenue H. The victim obtained a license plate and vehicle information and relayed the information to the police.

Police say they later found one of the suspect vehicles at a residence in the 300 block of Elm Street. After obtaining a search warrant, police say they seized the vehicle, a handgun and approximately a half-pound of marijuana. Police arrested two females who live at the residence.

During the exchange of gunfire, three homes in the area were hit with bullets. Police are still researching the total amount of rounds fired, but believe the total will be about 25.

Police are requesting the two women be charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and that Zepeda be charged with assault in the first degree.

It's not over yet, though.

"We're still looking for several other suspects and some of the victims have not come forward yet," said Det. Mitch Fairchild.

Also yesterday, a burglary was reported in the 1200 Block of South Euclid in which $2,700 in cash and $4,375 in jewelry was stolen.


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