A 15-year-old Everett-area boy accused of accidentally shooting his 11-year-old brother in the face Sunday told detectives he bought a handgun from a friend after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting in August, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
A 15-year-old Everett-area boy accused of accidentally shooting his 11-year-old brother in the face told detectives he bought a .38-caliber handgun from a friend after he was wounded in a drive-by shooting in August, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
The 15-year-old was booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center on investigation of reckless endangerment and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.
The boy appeared in court Monday, and bail was set at $5,000, according to KIRO-TV.
The younger boy was listed in serious condition in the intensive-care unit at Harborview Medical Center on Monday, spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.
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“He’s going to be OK,” she said.
Around 12:30 p.m. Sunday, deputies and medics responded to an apartment in the 12400 block of Admiralty Way in unincorporated Snohomish County, south of Everett, Ireton said in a news release.
The 15-year-old — who was initially reported to be 16 — told detectives his brother was shot by an unknown assailant, who fled, the news release says. But after an unsuccessful K-9 track and further investigation, detectives determined it was the 15-year-old who had fired the weapon, injuring his brother, it says.
Ireton said Monday the boys’ father arrived at the apartment after deputies were already on scene, but she didn’t have any information about their mother.
A .38-caliber revolver was found at the scene, and detectives are investigating whether the boys’ parents knew their older son was in possession of a gun, according to Ireton’s news release.
The 15-year-old “told detectives that he bought the gun from an acquaintance a few months after he was shot last August,” the release says.
Around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 16, the 15-year-old was injured by gunfire while walking on Fourth Avenue West, north of 112th Street Southwest south of Everett, according to a news release issued by the sheriff’s office the next day.
The wounded boy was located in the 12600 block of Eighth Avenue West by a deputy and taken to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for a gunshot wound, the release says.
The 18-year-old suspected gunman was arrested and booked on investigation of first-degree assault and drive-by shooting, according to the release. It notes that deputies found a rifle in the suspect’s vehicle; both of its driver’s side windows were blown out.