Teen dies in drive-by shooting in Sunnyside

By the Herald staff May 22, 2011 

SUNNYSIDE -- Sunnyside police are investigating a drive-by shooting late Friday night that left a 17-year-old boy dead.

The teen, whose name is being withheld, was in a car at the intersection of South 11th and Idabelle Avenue when a red four-door car with several occupants pulled up alongside.

Occupants of the red car opened fire on the victim car and hit the 17-year-old in the head. He was taken to a hospital in Yakima where he died several hours later.

A 16-year-old boy was shot in the hand, police said.

Anyone with information about the shooting can call the Sunnyside Police Department at 836-6200.

Grandview toddler dies after being hit by SUV

GRANDVIEW -- A Grandview toddler was killed by an SUV on Saturday when the driver didn't see the girl run behind the vehicle as it was backing out of a driveway.

Devinee I. Miron Cardenas, 2, was struck by the Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Ulises Miron Gomez, 26, in the 600 block of Brewer Road at 11:40 a.m., the Washington State Patrol said.

The state patrol said Miron Gomez was unaware the girl was behind the vehicle.

Walla Walla police arrest teen in murder

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla police arrested an 18-year-old early Saturday on suspicion of first-degree murder and assault related to a gang shooting earlier in the week.

Gang detectives from the Special Teams Unit picked up Benito Gomez, 18, at 2:40 a.m. after questioning him Friday night in connection with the death of Julio Cesar Martinez, 20, on Tuesday.

Martinez reportedly was walking down an alley with a friend Tuesday when he is believed to have been confronted by rival gang members. Four shots were fired. Two hit Martinez, and he later died at Providence St. Mary Medical Center.

It was the first homicide involving a gun in Walla Walla in several years, police said.

Police said earlier this week that Martinez was a known gang member who had been arrested several times in Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater.

Gomez allegedly is a member of a rival gang.

More arrests are expected as the investigation continues, police said.

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