Unfortunately, a series of new gang crimes are in the news this week. As the Tri-City Herald reports:
Speaking of gang ties, the Yakima Herald has more information about the suspects (emphasis added):
Three were ordered held on $100,000 bail; a fourth suspect, who has been convicted of eight felonies, had bail set at $250,000.
They are suspected of opening fire early Monday on an Outlook home with gang ties, according to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office. Seven people were in the home -- including children as young as 2 -- and several were narrowly missed by the rounds, authorities said.
The suspects range in age from 18 to 32. Three are Lower Valley residents; the fourth is believed to be from the Spokane area.
The Sunnyside teen who was shot has been transferred to Seattle for surgery. She's in our thoughts and prayers. Meanwhile, according to the SeattlePI.com, a drive-by occurred in Seattle on Wednesday:
A young man was shot in the chest Wednesday during a drive-by shooting in the 9300 block of 51st Avenue South, Seattle police reported.
Two suspects -- a man and a woman -- were arrested after trying to get away. Police were called about 4:20 p.m., police Detective Renee Witt said.
The victim, 17 or 18, was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, Witt said.
Police think the shooting is gang-related, Witt said. Officers recovered a handgun during the investigation, she said.
Our proposed legislation, HB 1126, is designed to reduce gang violence. But it's stuck in committee, where many bills die.
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