A teenage girl was shot and killed Saturday night while walking with a group of friends in Lake Stevens, and police are investigating reports of numerous other drive-by shootings throughout the region — although the other incidents only resulted in property damage.
Lake Stevens police have not identified the victim, but a letter posted on Seattle’s Bishop Blanchet High School website said she was Molly Conley, a ninth grader at the school.
She died at the scene, and no one else was hurt, said Lake Stevens interim police chief Dan Lorentzen.
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“She was the victim of a drive-by shooting near Lake Stevens, a terrible act of random violence,” said Antonio DeSapio, president of the private Catholic high school, in the message posted to the Blanchet website. “Several of her classmates were with her when this happened.”
The shooting happened near South Lake Stevens Road and South Davies Road, a residential area with a fast food restaurant and a convenience store nearby, at about 11 p.m. Saturday.
Lake Stevens police say they’re also looking into reports of numerous other possible drive-by shootings in the area which resulted in property damage.
“It is not clear at this time if the additional calls are related but detectives are continuing to investigate those calls,” according to a department press release.
Lake Stevens police are working with Marysville police and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. They are urging people who may have information about the crime to call the Lake Stevens Tip Line, 425-377-3214, or the Snohomish County Major Crimes Unit, 425- 388-3845.
DeSapio said the community will hold a prayer service at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 3218 W. Barrett Street in Seattle, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
His note said the school has “arranged for Counseling staff, Christian Ministry staff, faculty, and administration to be available and present to our students” on Monday morning. “We encourage parents to send your students to school to be in the presence of trained professionals and in the midst of a loving community,” he wrote.
DeSapio wrote that Conley has a 10th-grade brother at Blanchet, as well as two cousins. She also has a sister.
“Molly’s family has expressed how they loved her so very, very much,” he wrote.