Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sunnyside woman shot in driveby condition improves

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A 24-year-old Sunnyside woman critically wounded in a drive-by shooting this weekend has been upgraded to satisfactory condition at Sunnyside Community Hospital, authorities said Monday.

She was shot multiple times in the torso, according to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.

Two other men riding in the same car as the victim were treated at the Sunnyside hospital for gunshot wounds and released, said Stew Graham, chief of detectives for the sheriff's office.

A 23-year-old Sunnyside man was shot in the arm. Family members later took the other man, a 33-year-old Grandview man who was shot in the cheek, to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for additional treatment, Graham said.

The shooting was reported late Saturday in the 2200 block of Waneta Road outside of Sunnyside.

The victims said that a dark-colored sport utility vehicle pulled alongside their car and fired several rounds. The car struck a roadside fence before returning to the pavement and coming to a stop about a quarter-mile from the shooting scene.

The suspect vehicle was possibly a Chevrolet Tahoe or Cadillac Escalade, but the victims told investigators they did not know why anyone would shoot at them, Graham said.

Sheriff's officials were checking on possible leads with help from the Sunnyside Police Department.

At least one of the victims has gang ties, but investigators said they did not know if the shooting was gang-related.

Anyone with information about the case may call the sheriff's office at 509-574-2500.

http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/2010/04/12/condition-upgraded-for-sunnyside-woman-hit-in-drive-by-shooting

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