Drive-by shooting results in five arrests

Sunnyside police raced to the 1200 block of South 13th Street at approximately 7:45 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday) after receiving a report of shots fired from a vehicle.

A home in the area was struck by bullets, but no victims were reportedly injured. Officers located several .22 caliber shell casings in the street and around the home that was targeted.

Witnesses at the scene identified several suspects and a 2005 silver Mitsubishi Lancer was identified as the suspect vehicle.

Assisted by the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, Washington State Patrol and the Grandview Police Department, Sunnyside police officers Anthony Russell and Johnny Gusby, Sergeant Kent Coffman and Chief Ed Radder located and apprehended five occupants of the suspect vehicle.

Conception Chavez, 18, of Sunnyside was the only adult suspect. He, along with two male juveniles, ages 16, from Prosser and Grandview; a 15-year-old male juvenile from Sunnyside, a 14-year-old female juvenile from Grandview were all transported to the Sunnyside City Jail. The Sunnyside Police Department has requested charges of eight counts of first degree assault for each of the suspects. The Prosser teen is also being held on a requested charge of unlawful possession of a firearm first degree.

The gun, a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun, believed to be involved in the shooting was located in the area of Willowcrest Road, within Sunnyside police jurisdiction.

The incident, say police, is believed to be gang-related.


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