LYNNWOOD, Wash., July 27, 2023—An early morning drive-by shooting in West Lynnwood sent three teens to the hospital and a bullet blasting through a nearby neighbor’s window Thursday morning, July 27.
The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle and the victims were transported to nearby hospitals for aid — two at Providence Medical Center and one at Harborview Medical Center.
Officers with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office responded to a drive-by shooting call around 3:50 a.m. Multiple residents in the area reported hearing gun shots and called 911. When officers arrived, they found three victims with gunshot wounds and two handguns at the scene. The Sheriff’s Department said they believe the incident to be gang-related.
“Often times involved parties will self-identify as gang members. There is also a lot jail intelligence that identifies gang activity throughout the county,” Courtney O’Keefe, Public Information Office for the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office told the Lynnwood Times.
All three victims are so far uncooperative with this active investigation, the Sheriff’s Department said, with one victim giving a fake name and age. All three victims were males, one 16, the other 17.
The state of the victims is currently unknown and there is currently no description of the suspect. This remains an active investigation.
Kiro 7 Reporters, who first reported the story, spoke to a resident living on 159th Street Southwest who said a stray bullet crashed through his window and into the closet. He added it was not the first time his house was “shot up” and if he had been sleeping in the other room the bullet may have hit him, he told Kiro 7.
A neighbor, who was unaware of the drive-by shooting and lives near incident, told a Lynnwood Times reporter that she felt safe in the community.
Also this morning, around 9 a.m. the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office located an occupied stolen vehicle in south county (Center Rd) and four juveniles fled on foot. All were captured and detained. The driver, a 17-year-old male, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, hit and run, and obstructing. He was booked into Denny. The other three juveniles were released to their parents.
Around 11 a.m. this morning, the Sheriff’s Office also located a second stolen vehicle in the 13100 block of 19th Ave SE. The driver pulled into the Walgreens parking lot. As he exited his vehicle, he was taken into custody for possession of a stolen vehicle. He was identified as a 16-year-old male. Denny refused to book him, and he was released to his grandmother.
Shooting plaguing South County
Earlier this month a shooting incident took place just a mile away from this morning shooting, outside a Lynnwood 7-Eleven on 148th Street Southwest, that left one man injured.
The convenience store is located just 500 feet from the Chevron Gas Station where store clerk Tejpal Singh, 60, was shot and killed in 2021. Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office confirmed with the Lynnwood Times that Signh’s murder is still being investigated and no suspect has been arrested.
On April 23 a drive by shooting in Edmonds sent a 13-year-old boy to the hospital on the 20800 block of 76th Avenue West. The suspect was a passenger in a white truck that fled northbound after the shooting. The suspect’s gunfire also struck buildings from a nearby complex, but fortunately, there were no other injuries. Detectives responded to the scene, but no arrests have been made thus far in the investigation. However, initial information revealed that this was not a random event and that the suspect(s) and victims had some connection.