13-year-old shooting victim in stable condition

A 13-year-old Sunnyside girl, who was the victim of a drive-by shooting last Wednesday night, is currently in stable condition, according to Sunnyside Police Public Information Officer Charlotte Hinderlider.

She said the police department is withholding the victim's name, citing concerns for the victim's safety due to her age and being victimized.

There has been speculation the victim was a target of retaliation because members of her family share the same last name as a witness, Miguel Flores, who testified in last week's murder trial against Jesus Fabian Perales.

Perales was found guilty for the 2008 murder of Francisca Hernandez-Ramirez. Her body was dumped in an irrigation canal and found nearly four months later in the Yakima River near Prosser.

Flores' testimony is believed to be key to the conviction of Perales, whose sentencing is pending.

However, Hinderlider said, "To our knowledge, she (the victim in last Wednesday's shooting) is not related to Flores."

She said detectives are still investigating last Wednesday's shooting in the 1100 block of South 10th Street and following leads, but do not yet have any suspect information.

"The house is not a known gang house, nor is the victim a known gang member," Hinderlider said, explaining the motive for the shooting is still elusive.

This past Saturday another report of shots fired was phoned in by a resident living about a block away from the home targeted last Wednesday. Saturday's incident occurred just after 10:30 p.m. and the caller said he heard shots fired, followed by the sounds of people running next door. A small, dark car was witnessed leaving the area.

Hinderlider was unable to provide further details about the Saturday incident as of press time.

In other Sunnyside police news, officers received 12 theft reports since last Thursday.

The thefts involved five vehicles, three shoplifting incidents and three thefts from vehicles. A cell phone was also reported stolen.

One weapon offense was among reports to the police. Details regarding the incident were not available as of press time.

Officers have also since last Thursday responded to 17 automatic alarms, two assaults, four domestic violence situations, 20 suspicious activity calls, 21 traffic calls and one violation of a no-contact order. Police provided seven agency assists, as well as served six arrest warrants and a court order.


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