Neighbors question Lake Stevens shooting

by: Maria Guerrero Updated:


LAKE STEVENS, Wash. - An alleged home intruder is in the hospital after being shot Tuesday night by a homeowner's friend in Lake Stevens.

But neighbors are questioning what led up to the shooting at the house they say has become problematic.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office says there are no new updates on the shooting other than that a search warrant has been served at the house.

Detectives were at the scene of the shooting off 126th Drive Northeast well into Wednesday morning.

Investigators say a 41-year-old man was shot after trying to rob a homeowner and his friend in a garage.

"Two men allegedly entered the garage, their faces covered, and attempted to rob the two of them at gunpoint," Snohomish County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

"I heard three shots like bang … bang … bang," said neighbor Dotty Hamilton.

Neighbors already had concerns about the house where the shooting happened.

One man told KIRO 7 off camera that cars come in and out of the home at all hours. He said he heard people arguing, three shots and more arguing Tuesday evening.

Neighbors also say there have been several robberies in the area.

A woman’s home was broken into in November. She lives next to the house where the shooting happened.

Her son-in-law circulated fliers in November claiming the house next door is a drug house.

Hamilton says whoever broke into her neighbor’s house may be connected to the house involved in Tuesday’s shooting.

"They said they were druggers so that's all I know about them," she said.

 KIRO 7 spoke with a woman who says a family member lives there with her boyfriend.

She won't comment on whether it's a drug house, but did admit there has been trouble there.

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