6-year-old Sunnyside boy recovering from gunshot wound

Surrounded by his family, young Damien Cortez of Sunnyside spent his Christmas Day in a Seattle hospital recovering from a gunshot injury he suffered about a week ago.

Meanwhile, Sunnyside police continue to investigate the shooting, but so far have not released any information regarding the incident.

The investigation remains ongoing, according to Sgt. Jeff Cunningham of the Sunnyside police.

The 6-year-old child was injured on Dec. 17, when a bullet struck the house where he and his family were visiting in the 1100 block of South First Street.

Originally the child’s age was reported as 5, but according to family members, Cortez is 6-years-old.

The child’s grandmother has been by his side since the shooting, said Sandra Garcia, a family spokesperson.

“He is doing a lot better,” she said.

“Damien was able to sit up this week,” she added.

“He hasn’t been able to get up, and he still has a long way to go in his recovery,” Garcia said.

“We are grateful to the community who has helped our family with gas, money, prayers and even supplied Christmas gifts for Damien,” Garcia said.

She said he is still a few weeks away from coming home.

Meanwhile, the police ask that anyone with information regarding the shooting contact the Sunnyside police at 837-2120.


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