A 15-year-old boy was shot in the foot after the car he was driving struck a security guard at a Food and Drug Administration lab in Bothell on Friday morning, according to police.
The boy was treated and released from a Kirkland hospital and booked into Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett on investigation of second-degree assault, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
The incident started around 7 a.m. when two armed guards who provide security to the lab through a contract with Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service reported that they were contacting a suspicious person in the parking lot, police said.
The individual fled on foot, then returned to the parking lot in the 22200 block of 23rd Drive Southeast, got into a car and struck at least one of the guards while backing up, according to Shari Ireton, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.
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At least one of the guards fired at the vehicle, Ireton said. She did not say how many shots were fired. She said their injuries were minor.
The teen drove toward home, she said, but was involved in a noninjury accident at 228th Street Southeast and Highway 527, about a mile away.
The boy was tracked to his house by Bothell police using information provided by the guards about the vehicle, police said.
The boy was treated at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland before he was taken into custody.
Leanna Albrecht, a spokeswoman for the Northshore School District, said the teen is a student at the Secondary Academy for Success, an alternative high school that is adjacent to the FDA building. The school was in a modified lockdown while some students were questioned by police.
The school and the FDA building — where samples of products are analyzed for safety and compliance with regulations — are separated by a fence.
Albrecht said there’s no history of problems between students and the FDA.
Investigators have not said how the 15-year-old came to be driving or what he did to draw attention from the security guards.
A student at Secondary Academy for Success told KING-TV it is “blatantly stupid” for the teen to go there because students have been told the FDA parking lot is off-limits.
The Snohomish County Multi-Agency Response Team will be leading the investigation in partnership with homeland security.
Jacqueline C. Yost, spokeswoman for Federal Protective Services, said,
“FPS is working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.”
Christine Clarridge: 206-464-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.