KING COUNTY, Wash. — Two teenaged boys—ages 14 and 16—were charged Thursday in connection with a series of violent crimes spanning two weeks, which police say began with an armed carjacking, and ended with a hit and run collision and a crash during a high-speed chase with police—where police say the 14-year-old was behind the wheel.
In between, police say the two teens robbed at least four people at gunpoint, fired several shots randomly into an occupied car, pistol-whipped a man in the face, and fired shots randomly into two Seattle homes in three separate drive-by shootings within the same night. Police say one of the shootings left a 7-year-old boy injured when bullet shrapnel hit him while he slept in his bed.
The names of the teens were revealed in charging documents Thursday—which also indicate the 16-year-old had been arrested twice before, for a 2018 carjacking and for an assault on a retail clerk on July 10. KIRO-7 typically does not name juvenile suspects unless they are charged as adults. A juvenile court judge allowed the 14-year-old to return home with electronic monitoring.
Neighbors along 51st Avenue South heard a series of shots early Saturday morning, in one of two drive-by shootings where police say the same teens targeted a house in the 9900 block. Police say the 7-year-old boy who was injured in the home was hit during the second shooting that morning.
“It's a scary feeling to wake up and hear that,” said neighbor Gene Rollins, who has lived in the neighborhood for 25 years. “It could have happened to anybody here,” he said. “I mean it could've been the same thing, any one of us could have been hit.''
Seattle Deputy Police Chief Marc Garth Green called the crime spree “Unfathomable.” “How do these kids get to that level of violence and harm people in that manner, be so negligent just disregard for other people's safety?” asked Garth Green. “And it's traumatic for the community."
According to police, the stolen car collided with another vehicle with several people inside when police tried to pull the teens over. Police say the pursuit ended when the 14-year-old driver failed to make a sharp right hand turn and crashed into a concrete barrier. Police say the teen boys and a 14-year-old girl ran from the crash and tossed a pistol off the bridge, but all were immediately detained by police.
“I'm glad they’re caught,” said Rollins. “That was a relief. A lot of times they don't catch them, but now they did and yeah, we feel a lot better."
According to a Seattle police blotter post:
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