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Sunnyside girl shot twice in drive-by shooting

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SUNNSYIDE, Wash. -- A Sunnyside teen is recovering in the hospital after being hit twice in the back while sleeping in her bed, during a drive-by shooting.

Sunnyside police say the shooting happened around 12:45 Monday morning on the 1100 block of Tacoma Avenue.

KNDO spoke to the victim's older sister, Brenda Ortiz, who says her sister is a good student who attends Sunnyside High School and is not involved in any gangs.

"Just with these gangs going they don't know who they're hurting. They're hurting innocent people. People who don't deserve this. Nobody deserves this. I wouldn't want somebody to go through what we're going through," Ortiz said.

Police say the girl was listed in satisfactory condition tonight at a nearby hospital, but remains in the Intensive Care Unit.

No suspects are in custody right now. Police say the shooting was gang-related and the home was identified as a gang house, but confirmed the victim did not have any ties to gangs.

Police are also looking into a second drive-by shooting on the 700 block of Bagley Drive, that happened shortly after the one on Tacoma Ave. The home was hit several times, but no one was hurt.

Police say a high powered assault rifle may have been used in both cases. The two shootings are believed to be gang-related.

Charlotte Hinderlider, with the Sunnyside Police Department, says they are investigating the two shootings on Monday side-by-side.

"We are currently investigating both of the shootings and are looking for any information that witnesses may have. We're asking them to call police," Hinderlider said.

Anyone with information on either of these cases is asked to call the Sunnyside Police Department at (509) 836-6200.

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