A 13-year-old Washington state gang member suspect has been arrested for allegedly shooting dead five people – including a 6-year-old girl – at a Cinco de Mayo festival.
The teenager, who was not named because he is a minor, was being held at the Yakima County Juvenile Justice Center on suspicion of first-degree assault in five counts related to the May 6 shooting in Sunnyside, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. His bail was set at $500,000.
Filming took place on Friday night of the three-day festival, the rest of which was cancelled.
“This relates to a gang-related shooting in the middle of a crowd at the Cinco de Mayo festival,” Yakima County Assistant Attorney Robert Porter said in court this week. “The entire festival was shut down because of the shooting.”
A 35-year-old man was shot in the leg, a 12-year-old boy in the lip and tongue, a 6-year-old girl in the lower leg and two boys, ages 16 and 14, were shot in the legs, according to a probable cause affidavit shot.
Police said the 13-year-old suspected gunman was a member of a street gang in Sureño.
The affidavit said a witness told police he saw the 13-year-old and other suspected gang members laughing while looking at a group of red-clad people at the festival.
The teenager allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and opened fire on the red-clad festival-goers, including several children.
Red is a color associated with rival Norteño gangs.
The affidavit claimed the 16- and 14-year-old victims had possible gang connections.
Porter said the gun the suspect is said to have used has not yet been found and is believed to have been discarded at a Sunnyside grocery store.
A Sunnyside police officer saw the suspect being picked up by his mother from a grocery store after the shooting, the affidavit said.
The boy’s mother told the court that he had not left his home since the shooting until Tuesday when he was arrested.
With postal wires
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