By Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
September 4, 2015, 1:25 pm update.
Details about the 6:30 pm Thursday shooting of two teens at a play field near Discovery Elementary School have emerged following the arrest of the 17 year-old suspect.
The suspect admitted to detectives he was dressed in red to represent his gang affiliation last night.
The suspect said he confronted the male victim about wearing blue shorts (the color of the suspect's rival gang) and the fact that the victim was Hispanic.
Neither the male victim nor the juvenile female who accompanied them (who was not injured) have any association to a gang, nor did they know the suspect prior to last night's incident.
When the male victim would not respond to the suspect's accusations of "repping blue" (a gang term), the suspect shot the 17 year-old male with a pistol.
The male victim's 14 year-old sister began yelling at the suspect and the suspect then shot her.
A Discovery Elementary School custodian was the first on the scene after the suspect and three other females fled the play field. He rendered aid to the victims until fire units arrived.
The suspect has been booked into the juvenile corrections facility on two charges of 1st degree assault with a firearm.
The firearm believed to be used in last night's assault, a Ruger .22, was recovered from the residence where the suspect was located. It is confirmed to have been stolen in a case investigated by Everett Police Department.
September 4, 2015, 6:37 am update.
After a four hour standoff with police, the 17 year-old male suspected of shooting two teens Thursday night is in custody. He is being evaluated for minor injuries from the aerosol irritant SWAT used to force him out of the residence.
Due to his age his name will not be released.
Police activity should not affect traffic this morning.
September 4, 2015, 2:30 am update.
Major Crimes detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office believe they have located the male suspect from the shooting that occurred Thursday evening. He is believed to be inside a condominium unit at the 1500 block of 115th St. SW but refusing to leave the building.
September 3, 2015, 11:06 pm update.
Major Crimes detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office are searching for evidence between Discovery Elementary School and Voyager Middle School where a shooting occurred earlier tonight.
Detectives expect to clear the scene before the school day begins tomorrow.
The suspect, described as a black male in his early 20’s last seen wearing a red sweatshirt, fled the area on foot. It is believed he was with three females when the shooting occurred.
Anyone who has information about the suspects or incident is asked to call 911.
It was confirmed that the victims are siblings. Status of their condition is unknown.
There are no additional updates expected tonight.
Original 9:30 pm article.
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching for a man who allegedly shot two teenagers near Discovery Elementary School on Thursday evening, September 3, 2015.
The victims, a 14 year-old female and 17 year-old male, have been transported to Harborview Regional Medical Center.
The shooting was reported around 6:30 Thursday evening near the 11700 block of Meridian Ave South.
The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20’s wearing a red sweatshirt.
K9 units and law enforcement from several other agencies have joined in the search for the suspect.
The shooting did not occur at the school, but nearby, and no one from the school (including staff and students) were injured or involved.