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Drive-by shooting thwarted

Sunnyside police early this morning (Thursday) made two arrests after finding a weapon inside a vehicle during a traffic stop.

Arrested were two juveniles who are facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm second degree and possession of an unlawful firearm.

The incident, which occurred just after midnight, happened in the 1300 block of East Edison Avenue.

Officers said a routine traffic stop was made and the vehicle was occupied by two 15-year-old males.

The officer making the traffic stop made contact with the driver of the vehicle and said he observed a sawed off double barrel shotgun next to the driver's leg.

Back-up officers arrived on the scene and the stop was reclassified as a felony traffic stop.

Both occupants of the vehicle, say police, were taken into custody and the investigation proceeded.

It was determined the occupants of the vehicle were heading to a specific residence to commit a drive-by shooting, according to police.

Officers say the traffic stop was made several blocks from the intended residential target and both juveniles are affiliated with gangs. Both are also convicted felons, said officials.

The suspects were transported to the Yakima County Juvenile Detention Center and the investigation is ongoing.

Sunnyside police have also since yesterday fielded one theft report. A garbage can was reported stolen from a residence in the 400 block of West Avenue yesterday.

Officers have also responded to an automatic alarm, eight animal complaints, two graffiti reports, a parking problem, a runaway juvenile report, three suspicious activity calls, a report of threats, nine traffic stops, a report of a sex crime and a traffic mishap.

Police, too, provided two agency assists and a welfare check, served an arrest warrant, recovered a stolen vehicle and fielded two informational calls.

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