by: Gary Horcher Updated:
EVERETT, Wash. - When first responders arrived to the Walden Pond apartments in south Everett, they saw a woman who was shot to death, a man with a stab wound to his lower back and two small children, one of whom was covered in blood.
Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell told KIRO 7 neither of the children was hurt in what appears to be a case of domestic violence inside the apartment. Snell said the children were taken into protective custody.
Snell says it began at 5 p.m. Thursday with a report of gunfire in the apartment in the 9900 block of 12th Avenue West in south Everett. First responders referred to the critically injured man as the victim, implying that he shot the woman in self-defense.
On Thursday night, Everett detectives did not know if the man and woman were married or the relationship of the two small children to either adult.
They ordered the man’s truck and the woman’s SUV towed from the parking lot. Both had Texas license plates.
Snell told KIRO 7 police had not been called to previous reports of domestic violence at the apartment before.
“I never heard a thing,” said neighbor Benjamin Wahlstrom. “I just hope those kids are being cared for,” he said.