Gang member convicted of Kennewick drive-by shooting witnessed by kids
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Prosecutors say two kids helped convict a gang member who committed a drive-by shooting in a south Kennewick neighborhood last spring.
The Benton County Prosecutor’s Office said Friday that Roberto Andrade was found guilty of second-degree drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Andrade, a self-admitted Sureño gang member, was arrested for firing six 9 mm rounds from a pistol while driving through the neighborhood on Apr. 24. The shooting happened around 6 p.m., according to the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office.
Authorities said two 12-year-old boys witnessed the shooting, and Andrade’s car was caught on camera moments later.
With the cooperation of the two boys as well as multiple residents of the neighborhood and two other people who were in the car who testified against Andrade, prosecutors said they were able to secure a guilty verdict on both counts.