SUNNYSIDE, Wash. — A 5-year-old boy was in intensive care Wednesday in a Seattle hospital after being injured during a suspected gang shooting here Tuesday.
Police would not identify the victim or the hospital, but a family member told them Wednesday afternoon he was in “stable” condition, said Sgt. Joey Glossen of the Sunnyside police.
The boy was not the target of the shooting that occurred about 5:30 p.m. in the 1100 block of South First Street, Glossen said.
Investigators believe the boy was in a bedroom when he was struck in the lower body by someone shooting “indiscriminately” at the exterior walls of the house, Glossen said.
“It’s very cowardly of whoever would do it,” Glossen said.
The boy lives in the house with at least his siblings and a grandmother, though detectives are unclear if his mother or father live there, too, Glossen said.
Detectives have not zeroed in on a single suspect yet, Glossen said. They also are not sure if a vehicle was involved and have not called it a drive-by, Glossen said.
Police suspected the shooting was gang motivated because known gang members related to the boy’s family have lived in the home, Glossen said, though it was unclear if they still do.
The home was the site of several gang-related calls in 2012 but had been quiet this year until Tuesday night, Glossen said.
Anyone with information about the incident may call the police department at 509-837-2120.