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Two Suspects In Gang Shootings Arrested After Tip

Thu., Sept. 7, 1995, midnight

Spokane County sheriff’s deputies arrested two suspects Wednesday in the gang-related shootings last month that left three people hospitalized.

After receiving tips that the suspects were at 808 W. Cleveland, authorities placed the Spokane home under surveillance.

Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s deputies ordered the occupants to come outside.

Deputies arrested Jose J. Mendoza, 20, on five counts of first-degree attempted murder with bail set at $200,000.

The other person arrested was Robert A. DeLao, 20, as a material witness with bail set at $100,000.

Police suspect the two of having ties to Hispanic gangs in Yakima, Moses Lake and the Tri-Cities.

Another suspect in the shootings, 17-year-old Jeremy Johnson, has been charged with five counts of first-degree assault.

Torrey Lowery, 18, was driving in the area of Buckeye and Argonne on Aug. 20 when a Monte Carlo pulled up and someone opened fire with a handgun.

Two males in Lowery’s car weren’t injured and managed to drive back to a grocery store where they called for help.

Lowery was shot in the chest while sitting in the driver’s seat of his car.

Two other victim’s in Lowery’s car - Heidi Hughes, 20, and Sabrina Lewin, 17 - also were shot, one in the knee, hip and neck and the other in the leg, wrist and finger.

All three shooting victims have been released from Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Half an hour before the shootings, passengers in Lowery’s car had exchanged words with three people in a gray Monte Carlo at Albertson’s, 8800 E. Trent.

Sheriff’s detectives said a confrontation had been brewing between the groups for some time.

, DataTimes

Tags: drive-by

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