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Calls for regional gang unit follow shooting death of Burien grandmother

Gabriela Reyes Dominguez

BURIEN, Wash. -- A third suspect was arrested in the apparent gang-related shooting that killed a Burien grandmother, hit by a stray bullet.

Investigators believe this third suspet, a 17-year-old boy, was in the vehicle where the shots were fired, according to King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht. The suspect was arrested late last week in the 800 block of SW 126th Street in Burien for investigation of illegal gun charges and rendering criminal assistance.

"Detectives and the prosecutor's office are working nearly around the clock to sort out which role which person had or may have played in this extreme act of violence," said King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht.

Orlando Calderon-Garcia, 17, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting, the King County Prosecutor's Office said Monday. He will be tried as an adult, they added.

No charges have been filed yet against Alexis Rodriguez Herrera, 17, in connection with the shooting, the King County Prosecutor's Office said Monday. A judge granted an emergency motion Monday to keep him in custody on other pending matters, the prosecutor's office added. His next court date on those matters is scheduled for October 1.

The three teens that have been arrested are all members of the same gang, a spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Office told KOMO News.

Investigators say a gun battle broke out Wednesday afternoon across the street on 152nd Street when a group of men in a car opened fire on a 39-year-old man who had just picked up his 15-year-old son on foot from Highline High School.

Neither the man nor his son were hit but 51-year-old Gabriela Reyes Dominguez, who was sitting behind the front desk of her chiropractic office, was killed.

Johanknecht said the violence underscores the need to step up the fight against a growing gang problem in south King County. During a press conference Monday, she announced that the proposed upcoming budget for King County contains money to find a regional gang unit in King County "to focus on the continuing and growing gang problem and the escalating war between the two factions in the south end of King County."

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta is now calling on leaders from Gov. Jay Inslee, to mayors around the region to Washington's U.S. Congressional leaders to be a part of a regional solution too.

"We need a regional gang task force," said Matta hours before a Burien's Monday City Council meeting.

Meanwhile friends and community members continued to remember Gonzalez.

"She was my second mom...Gabby was my second mom," said Lesley Velgabillo.

She worked with Gabby too, but met her when she was just 8-years-old.

Velgabillo said Gabby gave her career advice, motivated her to enroll in school and taught her the importance of being a leader.

Velgabillo in part blames parenting for the loss of a woman she called her "everything."

"I think that starts at home, you can be black, white, red and green, if you are not raising your kids right, to have morals, and values and to value life in general.”

"As parents we have to watch our kids," added Miriam Gomez, Lesley's mother. "We have to be part of their life that's what we have to do."

Johanknecht said she started working on creating a regional gang task before Gaby's murder. A department spokesman said the department had a gang task force back in 2014, but lost it due to budget cuts.

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