A 15-year-old boy was injured Friday following a shooting and a hit-and-run accident outside the Food and Drug Administration offices in Bothell.
The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reports that the boy was treated for a gunshot wound in the foot and minor facial wounds.
The boy had been released from the hospital by noon Friday and was detained by the police.
The suspect’s grandmother said she was reserving judgement about the private security officer shooting her grandson until she knew all the facts. However, she was very glad he wasn’t seriously hurt.
The incident happened around 7:15 a.m. Bothell Police say the security guard confronted a suspicious person in the parking lot at 22201 23rd Drive Southeast.
According to a Snohomish County Sheriif report, the person fled on foot, then returned a short time later, and got into a vehicle parked at the facility.
As the security officers approached the vehicle, the suspect backed out of the parking spot, striking one of the officers when his vehicle. That’s when officers fired at the vehicle.
About a quarter-mile away, the vehicle was involved in a hit and run. Bothell Police Officers found the teen at a residence based on information obtained from the vehicle.
The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Several students who go to the nearby Secondary Academy for Success (SAS) saw the incident. They say the boy was recently kicked out of school, but showed up on campus Friday morning. He was chased away by campus security. That’s when he ended up in the FDA parking lot.
A witness said he heard two gunshots, and then saw about 15 kids duck for cover and scatter.
“I just stood there at first and then I was thinking about running behind a parked car,” said Syndi, one of the students who saw it happen.
Another student called it “blatantly stupid” for the teen to go there because students have been told the FDA parking lot is off limits.
An entire block around the scene was closed off during the investigation. A ball cap and a side view mirror were found in the street, along with tire tracks in the grass leading to the northwest entrance to the building.
SAS and Northshore Academy were placed under lockdown shortly after the shooting.