• Woman thought she heard fireworks, discovers she had been shot

    By: Lee Stoll


    EVERETT, Wash. - An Everett grandmother shot twice in her sleep says she was not the gunman's target.

     "I feel OK."

    Diane Erickson is shocking her doctors by sitting up and talking just two days after she was rushed to Providence Medical Center in critical condition.

    "I looked down and there just kept being more blood, more blood, more blood," said Erickson.

    The 56-year-old great-grandmother was nearly killed as she slept on her couch early Saturday morning.

    "I heard what I thought was firecrackers and they were hot on me," said Erickson.

    She looked at the window—it was closed.  Nothing was in the house.  She realized she’d actually been shot twice.  She tried to laugh at her shock.

    "I was just irritated.  I didn't want it to get on my rug.  I didn't want it to get on my couch!"  she said.

    Everett police say they’re talking to several people connected to the duplex, which Erickson shares with her son and grandson.  Police believe this was an isolated incident.

    "We really don't believe she had any active role in this.  We don't believe she was an intended target," said Everett police Officer Aaron Snell.

    Erickson’s son says the gunman may have been after someone who has stayed at the home in the past.

    "They just got the wrong house, wrong side, wrong person," said Travis Erickson.

    Diane Erickson says she’s angry someone put  three generations of her family in danger for no good reason.

    "I'm more scared for them than I am for me," said Erickson.

    Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call 911 or the Everett Police Department tip line at 425-257-8450.

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