by: Gary Horcher Updated:
MARYSVILLE, Wash. - Police took a 16-year-old boy into custody Sunday night in connection with an overnight Marysville shooting that left a 17-year-old boy injured.
Authorities were investigating a shooting reported at about 1 a.m. Sunday at an apartment in east Marysville.
Police said 17-year-old Chris Franklin had a gunshot wound in his neck and he was taken by his friends to Providence Regional Medical Center. From there, the teen was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
Detectives said eyewitnesses would not give police any information.
Franklin’s family told KIRO 7 his esophagus and an artery in his neck were damaged so badly, surgeons spent six hours trying to repair it.
Franklin’s grandmother Judy Willadsen told KIRO 7 he’s a talented member of Marysville-Pilchuk High School’s soccer team.
"He's just a great kid,” she said. “A great soccer player. He's got lots of friends who are praying he makes it through this.”
At about 6 p.m. Sunday, Marysville's SWAT team went to a home east of Cedarcrest Golf Course and arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the shooting. He was later booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center for first-degree assault, third-degree assault and first degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
"This arrest is only the beginning of the investigation; we will continue to develop information about the incident to determine what took place and who else may have been involved," said Commander Robb Lamoureu.
Neighbor, John Guthrie, told KIRO 7 what he heard two blocks away.
“We heard the flash boom grenade,” he said. “We heard them tell him to come out with his hands in the air and come out backwards. Then they told him to get on the ground and crawl."
Police will continue to investigate the shooting.