by: Ranji Sinha Updated:
EVERETT, Wash. - Everett police were called to a senior living complex along Holly Drive on reports that someone had opened fire in the parking lot.
Officers found a man who shot someone he thought had stolen his pickup truck. The suspect wasn’t seriously injured, and is in custody.
Investigators spent hours at the complex after the shooting occurred around 2 p.m., according to the Everett Police Department.
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Investigators said a 29-year-old man from Everett was searching for his gold Dodge Ram truck that had been stolen. He pulled into the complex and found it with someone sitting inside.
Everett police said a confrontation escalated and the owner of the vehicle opened fire after the man in the Dodge truck got out and ran.
The incident drew the attention of residents at the Holly Village Senior apartments.
Several residents who spoke to KIRO 7 said they’ve heard gunfire in the area more frequently so it wasn’t a total surprise to see police in the area.
Several residents said they heard the gunshots, including Sharon Dimmick, “All of a sudden we heard a pop and my mom said that’s a gun, I said no it’s firecrackers … seconds right after that I heard a guy screaming ... I caught a thief, I caught a thief,” she said.
Another resident who only gave her name as Bev saw police descend on the complex parking lot.
“All I saw was a stream of police officers with guns in hand stomping down here, then it was police car after police car,” she said.
Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said investigators are trying to figure out the timeline of the incident.
“We're not exactly sure why the male decided he would shoot someone who had been in his vehicle so ... our detectives are working to figure out what was going on,” said Snell.
Everett police say the man shot was a 27-year-old man from Seattle. He was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, and his injury was not considered life threatening. He was released and booked into the Snohomish County Jail on possession of a stolen vehicle.
The police also detained the owner of the vehicle, and said that he called 911 to report his vehicle stolen before he ended up finding it at the apartment complex.
More than one resident of this senior living complex told us they think thieves are using their parking lot to stash stolen cars. There wasn't much sympathy for the man who was shot -- especially if he was caught stealing.
“If you can stop them by shooting them in the leg or the butt, do it,” Dimmick said.
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