Is Gang Violence on the Rise in Eastern Washington?
Many were shocked and outraged by the shooting at the Town Crier in Richland last week. And now it seems that there was another gun-related (and gang related) bar struggle in Sunnyside. There was a scuffle at the Three Amigos Bar on south Sixth Street in Sunnyside 1am on Sunday. There was a bar fight and officers were dispatched to handle the situation.
When they arrived they attempted to detain a few of the alleged instigators of the brawl, a few resisted, and a some were armed. Four men are facing accusations ranging from provoking an assault to weapons charges. One of the men was identified as being a part of the Norteno gang.
With this rise in bar brawls, and other gang-related crimes, it seems that gang violence is on the climb. Maybe it was just Halloween weekend, maybe it was just coincidence, but it seems these things are happening a lot as of late. What do you think? Is gang-related crime/violence on the rise in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas?