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A 4-year-old Sedro-Woolley boy is dead from a gunshot wound, and a man suspected in his homicide went on the run Sunday morning, according to police.

The suspect, Trevor Braymiller, 25, is the mother’s boyfriend. Neither she nor the boy was identified Sunday by authorities.

The mother and another child were in the home at the time of the shooting but did not witness it, said Police Chief Doug Wood. The boy was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, several people called 911 at 7:05 a.m. to report the shooting in the 1000 block of Township Street. A short time later, Braymiller got a ride from the residence and was dropped off in the Big Lake area of Skagit County, according to Wood.

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By afternoon, police had recovered the handgun believed to have been used in the shooting. A search dog found the gun near a small church less than a block from the residence, after police got a tip.

Wood said it is not known whether Braymiller has weapons. He was recently released after a drug conviction, and as a felon is not allowed to possess a firearm.

“I would consider him dangerous,” Wood said. “He fled the scene and he’s probably desperate.”

Aaron Spoelstra, who lives across the street from the house, said Braymiller came back to the neighborhood about a month ago. Braymiller apparently looked after his 1-year-old daughter while his girlfriend worked, he said.

“He was a cute little guy,” Spoelstra said of the 4-year-old. “I used to watch him ride his little tricycle.”

Spoelstra said he was contacted by Braymiller’s mother, who said she feared the manhunt wasn’t “going to end well.”

Initially, police believed the boy accidentally shot himself in the head, but after his body was examined they determined the gunshot was not self-inflicted.

Braymiller is described as white, 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds with brown hair and facial hair. He was last seen wearing a red or orange T-shirt.

“We certainly would like to talk to him and get his side of the story if there’s anything else to it,” Wood said.

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