Sunnyside teen allegedly picked up by mom after shooting four children & one adult in gang assault, per court docs

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YAKIMA, Wash. — The 13-year-old defendant accused of five felony assault charges for firing into the crowd at a Cinco de Mayo Festival in Sunnyside made a preliminary court appearance where bail was set at half a million dollars.

KAPP-KVEW obtained a probable cause statement filed by the Sunnyside Police Department. Please be advised that the defendant’s identity is being withheld since he cannot be tried as an adult in this case.

On May 6, 2022, at 4:42 p.m., the defendant was observed pulling a gun out near the 600-block of S. 6th St and firing into a crowd of roughly 50 people, court documents detailed. An eyewitness described noticing a group including the defendant, his younger brother, and several other juveniles dressed in blue eyeing another group dressed in red.

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Witnesses say they watched the defendant produce a firearm, possibly a revolver, from his waistband or pocket and fire seven shots into the crowd. Five people were struck by bullets, as confirmed by the probable cause statement.

The youngest victim was a six-year-old girl who was shot in the leg. A 12-year-old male victim suffered a gunshot wound to the lip. One adult male was struck in the knee, causing an injury that threatened amputation. Authorities have reason to believe two more juvenile victims, each struck in the leg, had ties to a rival gang.

Following the gunfire, the defendant allegedly ran into the Safeway grocery store where one of his victims was being treated. An officer who was helping the victim spotted the suspect being picked up from the grocery store by his mother along with another juvenile male.

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Court documents show that the suspect’s mother later admitted during a recovered interview that she picked the kids up and dropped them off several blocks away.

Surveillance footage from the Sunnyside grocery store showed the defendant wearing a mask, blue Nike Tech hoodie, and dark jeans directly following the incident.

Once Sunnyside police officers executed a search warrant at the suspect’s home on E. Harrison Ave several days later, they recovered clothes that matches the description provided by an informant.

The child was arrested for his crimes and booked into the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center. His arraignment is scheduled for May 25, 2022.

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