Sunnyside Gang Member Could Face Adult Charges

Will a 13-year-old Sunnyside gang member be tried as an adult after he was charged with shooting five people at a Cinco de Mayo festival in Sunnyside earlier this month? The teenager is being held at the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center on suspicion of five counts of first-degree assault in connection with the May 6 incident in Sunnyside as the investigation continues.

Brusic says it’s possible the teenager could face charges as an adult

Yakima County District Attorney Joe Brusic says “yes, we can file a discretionary denial request for a 13-year-old. He could be tried as an adult for the shooting. Of course, denying a minor at that age would be very difficult – he/she should be involved quite heavily in the criminal justice system.” Brusic continues “At the time, I filed a motion to dismiss a 13-year-old charged with murder and successfully got him to appear in adult court.”

Police spoke with 7 minors after the shooting

After shooting officers arrested two minors at the event and 5 others were detained at a house in the 600 block of Harrison Avenue in Sunnyside. While police found a firearm inside the house, the 7 minors were released to their parents as the investigation continues. It is not known if further arrests are possible.

A gang member shoots another in a crowd on May 6

Last Wednesday, police announced the arrest of the 13-year-old suspect. Police say the shooter is a known gang member in the Sunnyside area and was shooting another gang member who was in the crowd during the May 6 event. The shots hit a 35-year-old man in the leg and a 12-year-old man. – the old boy was shot in the lip and tongue. Another
A 6 year old girl was shot in the leg and 14 and 16 year old boys were shot in the legs. The investigation continues today.

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