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13-year-old girl shooting victim

It appears 2011 isn't going to be that much different from 2010 in Sunnyside, a year in which gun shots rang out regularly and frequently.

Last night a 13-year-old girl, inside a Sunnyside home in the 1100 block of South 10th Street, was struck twice by gunfire.

She's the second shooting victim in as many nights here in the Sunnyside area. This past Tuesday evening, shortly after 9:30 p.m., a 60-year-old man was in the bedroom of his home on Morse Road, just outside of Sunnyside, when he was struck in the leg by a bullet from an unknown assailant.

Wednesday night's attack on the South 10th Street home occurred just after 10 p.m. Sunnyside police, calling it a drive-by shooting, say they have not determined a motive for the shooting as of yet, nor do they have any information about a suspect.

"We are continuing to take witness statements and follow up any and all possible leads," said police department spokesman Charlotte Hinderlider this morning (Thursday).

The 13-year-old girl, whose name was not released by local police, was struck by bullets twice last night, once in the leg and once in the upper torso. The youngster was transported to Sunnyside Community Hospital for initial medical treatment, but has since been flown to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.

Local police are asking the public's help, to come forward with any information that might aid in the investigation. Officers can be contacted at 836-6200.

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