Police in the Lower Yakima Valley were busy overnight Sunday investigating multiple drive-by shootings, including one in Sunnyside that injured a teen while she was sleeping.
The shootings are suspected to be gang-related.
Two shootings were reported in Sunnyside and arrests were made, said Sunnyside police spokeswoman Charlotte Hinderlider.
Four suspects, including a 28-year-old Grandview man, were arrested by Yakima County sheriff's deputies shortly after a 4:15 a.m. shooting in Outlook, sheriff's Sgt. Mike Russell said.
In Sunnyside, a 16-year-old girl was hit twice in the back when shots were fired into a home where she was sleeping on the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue around 12:45 a.m.
Multiple shots were fired from an assault rifle from the neighboring alley, Hinderlider said. The girl was being treated at a local hospital.
A dark-colored foreign-made sedan was described as a possible suspect vehicle, Hinderlider said.
A short time later, officers received a call about shots being fired in the 700 block of Bagley Drive. A similar high-powered assault rifle was used to shoot multiple shots at a home, Hinderlider said, but no one was hurt.
Grandview police, Washington State Patrol and Yakima County sheriff's deputies responded to the calls in Sunnyside.
About three hours later, shots were fired in Outlook at a home with known ties to gang activity, Russell said.
The home was shot at more than a dozen times and several rounds narrowly missed people inside. Seven people, including children as young as 2, reportedly were inside sleeping, he said.
Officers from multiple agencies responded and minutes later, a deputy spotted a vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description outside Zillah, Russell said.
The deputy stopped the vehicle with four men inside. The men, who have known gang ties, were detained but no guns were found, Russell said.
Deputies returned to where the vehicle first was spotted, and about 100 yards farther along the route, a deputy spotted three firearms on the road shoulder that appeared to have been tossed from a moving vehicle, Russell said.
Deputies seized an SKS assault rifle with a mounted bayonet, a scoped .22-caliber rifle and a .40-caliber semi-automatic handgun. A magazine believed to belong to the assault rifle was found at the shooting scene, Russell said.
Two of the guns were reported stolen, he said, adding that the weapons will be examined for possible ties to previous shootings in the area.
The suspects -- a 32-year-old and 20-year-old from Granger, an 18-year-old from Spokane, and the Grandview man -- were booked into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of seven counts of first-degree assault and drive-by shooting.
The men from Granger and Grandview also were being held on suspicion of being felons in possession of a firearm.
The suspects are said to have extensive gang ties and criminal histories and were wearing gang colors.
Quincy woman dies after being hit by train
A 48-year-old Quincy woman was struck and killed by a freight train Sunday near Quincy.
Pricilia Orta-Menzez was hit by an eastbound Burlington Northern-Santa Fe train, said Grant County Coroner Craig Morrison. It happened near the 400 block of Division East.
Orta-Menzez died from blunt impact to her head and torso, Morrison said. The death is under investigation.
Accused child molester arrested in Kennewick
A 25-year-old Kennewick man was arrested early Monday after allegedly molesting a young girl.
The girl's father told police he saw Gregorio Alaniz put his hand down the girl's pants and confronted him, said Kennewick police spokesman Mike Blatman. Police arrested Alaniz a short time later.
He was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of child molestation.
Eltopia rollover wreck on Highway 395 hurts 3
Three people were injured in a rollover crash Saturday near Eltopia.
Jonathan Matavaca of Connell was driving south on Highway 395 about three miles north of Eltopia at 10:20 p.m. when his 1992 Honda Accord ran off the roadway and rolled, coming to rest upside-down.
Matavaca, 21, and his three passengers were not wearing seat belts, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Tracey A. Bobadilla, 19, of Milton-Freewater, and Dulce Esparanza Bobadilla, 2, of Connell, were treated at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland.
Matavaca was taken to Pasco's Lourdes Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition. A third passenger, Ana L. Herrera, 22, of College Place, was not injured.
The WSP said drugs or alcohol were involved and the crash remains under investigation.
Driver who fell asleep receives minor injuries
A Walla Walla man suffered minor injuries after he fell asleep at the wheel and drove into a ravine near Wallula Junction, the Washington State Patrol said.
Miguel Angel Castillo, 23, was driving westbound on Highway 12 in a 2008 Ford Mustang when he fell asleep, drove off the westbound shoulder and traveled about 500 feet before stopping in a 10-foot deep ravine, troopers said.
The crash occurred just after 6 p.m. Sunday, about three miles east of Wallula Junction.
Castillo was treated for minor injuries at St. Mary's Hospital in Walla Walla.
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