An alleged gang member accused of opening fire on a crowd at a Kennewick birthday party four years ago was arrested in Texas and extradited back to Benton County to face charges.
Victor Alfonso Paniagua, 24, had been on the lam since the 2011 shooting, which injured three men, at an apartment complex on Edison Street.
Paniagua was arrested earlier this month in Maverick County, Texas, and returned to Benton County on Wednesday.
Prosecutors charged the former Pasco man with three counts of first-degree assault and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm shortly after the shooting.
Paniagua is being held on the assault and gun charges, as well as other charges, online jail records show. His bail is listed at more than $500,000.
On Oct. 23, 2011, gunshots were reported at the apartment complex where about 15 people gathered for the party, according to court documents. Officers stopped a car leaving the complex with Edgar Torres and Ernesto Lopez inside.
Both men, whom police say are gang members, were bleeding from gunshot wounds, according to court documents. Torres had wounds to his right wrist and left hand. Lopez had wounds to his right arm and shoulder.
Police got a call about a third man, Hirbing Nino, showing up to Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco with a gunshot wound to his right shoulder.
Police determined through witness statements that Paniagua, who was dating Nino’s sister, had been asked to leave the party, court documents said. An argument apparently ensued, and witnesses reported gunshots coming from near the door.
Several witnesses denied seeing who fired the gun.
A girl at the party told police she saw Paniagua walk out the front door, lean back in, and then heard gunshots ring out, court documents stated.
“She could see smoke coming from the defendant’s hand,” Deputy Prosecutor Kristin McRoberts wrote in court documents.
Paniagua, a convicted felon, is accused of having a .22-caliber or .25-caliber handgun on the night of the shooting, according to court documents.