Teen hospitalized in Walla Walla gang fight

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WALLA WALLA -- Two area teens were injured, one of whom remains in intensive care, after a gang-related fight Sunday involving as many as eight people, police said.

The brawl was reported to police about 11:22 a.m. Sunday in the area of 12th Avenue and Birch Street.

Police arrived within two minutes of the call to find most of the people involved in the fight had already left, said Walla Walla Police Officer Tim Bennett.

A 15-year-old boy was reportedly struck several times over the head with a baseball bat during the fight. The boy left the scene, but was taken unconscious to a local hospital two hours later, Bennett said.

Bennett said the teen, who is being treated in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, is under heavy sedation and his prognosis is unknown.

A 16-year-old boy also sought medical treatment Monday for injuries sustained in the fight. Bennett said that teen's condition also is unknown.

The fight is believed to have been carried out by rival gang members.

The Police Department's Special Teams Unit is investigating, and no arrests have been made.

Bennett said the department has seen a sharp increase in the amount of gang violence over the past several months.

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