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Gunman opens fire into backyard, killing one person

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SUNNYSIDE- Police are investigating after a man opened fire into the backyard of a home, killing one and wounding four others. 

On Friday at approximately 11:45 pm, Sunnyside Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of the 500 block of S 15th Street within the City of Sunnyside.  Upon arrival, officers encountered numerous victims and witnesses at what was an apparent party.  The event had the appearance of a family gathering with blow-up water slide and remnants of a water balloon fight.  It was clearly evident that small children were present at the residence when the shooting occurred.   

Just prior to midnight, an unknown gunman armed with an assault rifle opened fire into the back yard of the residence wounding four and killing a 23 year old male from Sunnyside.  The four additional victims, sustained non-life threatening injuries and were treated and released from local hospitals.  Officers from Grandview Police Department, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol provided assistance.

At this time the Sunnyside Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident and anyone with information to this case or the recent shooting on Monday at the 600 block of N 4th Street is asked to contact the Sunnyside Police Department at 509-836-6200.

Due to the escalation of violent events over the past couple weeks, the Sunnyside Police Department is adding extra patrols to increase officer presence in the community.