Crime, News, Youth

Rainier Valley Crime Watch: Kids With Guns

13-year old caught with gun near Othello Park (SPD):

On July 9th at approximately 10:33 p.m. officers responded to a report of a fight disturbance in the 4300 block of South Webster Street. While officers were in route the complainant called back and added that things were escalating and guns were seen.  Officers arrived on scene and saw one of the suspects trying to secrete himself behind a parked vehicle.  The male suspect had a gun in his hand and when he saw the police he fled on foot.

The suspect was caught and the handgun was recovered.

The 13-year-old male suspect was interviewed and subsequently booked into the Youth Service Center (juvenile detention).

New Holly 14-year old accidentally shoots himself in leg (SPD):

On July 8th at approximately 11:58 p.m. officers and Gang Unit detectives responded to a report of a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the Holly Park neighborhood and then dropped off at his residence in the 1500 block of 33rd Avenue.  A family friend drove the victim to Harborview Medical Center (HMC) for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.  Gang Unit detectives contacted the victim at HMC and subsequently interviewed him.

Preliminary investigation indicates that the victim and his foster brother were walking near 28th Avenue South and South Jackson Street when the victim shot himself while trying to insert a pistol into his waistband.  The two boys then returned home at which point a family friend drove the victim to HMC.

The actual location of the incident, the whereabouts of the gun, and their method of transportation home has yet to be determined.

Gang Unit detectives continue to actively investigate.

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