by: Ranji Sinha Updated:
EVERETT, Wash. - Three teenagers were drawn to Providence Medical Center to visit a friend who had been shot the night before. One of them ended up being shot himself, and the others were questioned by police. It was all part of a strange sequence of events in Everett that drew police to the PMC Colby Campus and forced a lockdown of the hospital around 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Chopper 7 was over the scene after gunfire erupted outside the doors of the Everett Hospital. According to Everett police, three teenagers, ages 19, 17 and 16, pulled into the parking lot as they planned to visit their friend in the hospital. During the course of their visit, one of the teens shot the other with a handgun. Streets were sealed off shortly after the incident. The hospital and a nearby cancer center were locked down.
A witness who spoke to KIRO 7, Keith McNall, says he was trying to visit a sick friend when the shots rang out, police arrived and the hospital sealed its doors, “there was police activity everywhere, it was pretty crazy. I heard shooter on the loose, nobody in nobody out, kind of a scary deal.”
Another witness, Jay Sim, was in a building nearby and stayed inside once the building was closed.
“Someone got shot in the lot and then we were on lockdown," Sim said. "It's unfortunate that it happened.”
Sim said patients in the building where he was locked in appeared to be the priority as staff tried to make sure they were cared for and that they did not go outside, “people were worried we had all the doors closed.”
KIRO 7 was on scene when Everett police were wrapping up their investigation, a section of sidewalk near the hospital was taped off nearly two hours after the initial investigation began. A spokesperson for Everett police spoke to KIRO 7 and said the teens were actually trying to visit a friend who had been shot in Everett the night before. The spokesperson said that shooting occurred at the Shiloh Village Apartments in the 1900 block of West Casino Road.
Sgt. MaryJane Hacker with Everett police said officers regularly patrol the area around the hospital and were on scene quickly once the shooting was reported. The officers were able to tend to the 19-year-old who had been shot in the back, “at the time the officers were there he was speaking to them, but he was promptly taken across the street to the emergency room.” Hacker said the 19-year-old had non-life-threatening injuries.
The gun went off in a parking lot used by hospital workers and visitors, and was also close to the cancer center.
Police said all who were involved were detained and cooperating with the investigation. Police also found the gun in an area close to the hospital
The Everett police spokesperson did stress that nobody was under arrest, and in the hours after the shooting they had not considered any charges but are reviewing the case.
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