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Love triangle, of sorts, results in Mabton streets shot up Saturday

MABTON - Mabton police officers were dispatched to the area between the 200 and 500 blocks of Washington Street to investigate a multiple shots-fired report at around 10:30 p.m. last Saturday night.

During the investigation, officers said they discovered 23-year-old Nicolas Huecias hiding between a fence and a vehicle. After an ongoing dispute over a woman, officer said Huecias told them he was the intended victim of the shots fired and showed police where the incident originated. In the 200 block of North Third Street, officers found 11 shell casings on the ground.

Through further investigation officers said they discovered 41-year-old Ubaldo Munguia-Castellanos of Grandview had opened fire on Huecias.

"Simply put, this appears to be a crime of passion," said Mabton Sergeant Cas Cedillo.

In the following days, Mabton officers recovered the handgun allegedly used by Munguia-Castellanos and the suspect eventually turned himself in to Sunnyside police officers on Monday night.

"The disturbing part is that so many rounds were fired with no regard to the safety of the residents located directly in the line of fire, yet alone in front of a daycare center," Cedillo added.

Munguia-Castellanos was booked into the Sunnyside jail and is currently facing second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault with intent to kill and reckless endangerment charges.

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