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Juveniles arrested in connection with last Tuesday's shooting incident

Three teens are in custody, all facing charges stemming from last Tuesday's shooting incident in the Washington Court area of Sunnyside.

The Sunnyside Police Department reported that no one actually got hit with gunfire during the Tuesday afternoon, June 8, shooting spree, described as gang-related.

Witnesses reported that a fight broke out last Tuesday about 3:30 p.m. between residents in that area and passers-by, at least one of whom was on a bicycle. The fight escalated, said witnesses, ending with the bicyclist pulling a handgun and firing several shots.

Three teens, all who live in Sunnyside, were apprehended early yesterday afternoon (Thursday) in connection with the case. A police department spokesman said an investigation initiated by Officer Rob Layman led to the arrests.

The oldest of the three, a 17-year-old male, has initially been charged with four counts of first degree assault and the unlawful possession of a firearm. A 15-year-old boy faces four counts of first degree assault, and another boy who turned 15 today also has four counts of first degree assault pending.

The three Sunnyside teens, according to local police, were transported to the Sunnyside city jail and booked, then sent on to the Yakima County Juvenile Detention Center.

Tuesday's gun play in the Washington Court area was one of three shootings that have occurred in Sunnyside this week. The first incident occurred on Monday of this week at about 10:15 p.m. at a residence at North 13th Street and North Avenue. Described as a drive-by shooting, 21-year-old Justin Cavasos of Zillah suffered a gunshot to his ankle in that incident. Two teenage boys also sustained bullet wounds in a drive-by shooting that happened just before midnight on Wednesday of this week, at a home in the 1700 block of Cascade Way.

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