YAKIMA, Wash. — A gang member accused of trying to enforce his claim on a Yakima neighborhood by blasting a group of people with birdshot has been charged with five counts of first-degree assault.
Yakima County prosecutors also filed charges Wednesday of drive-by shooting and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm against David Campos, a 22-year-old Sureño and parolee who goes by the street name “Sparky.”
Campos is accused of blasting a group of people Aug. 25 after a confrontation in the 1200 block of West Prasch Avenue, two blocks south of Nob Hill Boulevard.
Witnesses told investigators that a gang member they knew only as “Sparky” had been arguing with a visitor and had been claiming the neighborhood as his own.
They said Campos began brandishing a sawed-off shotgun and, after fumbling with the action for a moment, fired off a blast, wounding five people. None of the injuries was described as life-threatening.
Campos was arrested three days later at his home, a block from the scene of the attack. A parolee whose record includes convictions for first-degree robbery and burglary, he remains in custody at the county jail on $500,000 bail.
Under state sentencing guidelines, a single conviction for first-degree assault is punishable by eight years to 26½ years in prison. Prosecutors also added deadly weapon enhancements.