Boy, 12, shot after verbal altercation


Staff writer

A 12-year-old boy was shot in the stomach after an argument with some older males Tuesday night, but he was not fatally injured and remained in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center last week.

The boy was walking in the 29000 block of 34th Avenue South with three other boys ages 14, 15 and 16 when they became engaged in a verbal altercation with three adult males ages 19 and 20.

The younger teens told police the older group said something disrespectful to them, so they responded, said Sgt. Greg Dymerski, spokesman for the King County Sheriff’s Office. The boys made hand gestures and comments at each other before the younger group began walking away, Dymerski said.

The older males got into a car and drove toward the boys. A 19-year-old passenger opened fire at the younger boys with a small-caliber handgun, hitting the 12-year-old in the abdomen, Dymerski said.

He said investigators were unsure how many rounds were fired.

Deputies found the car abandoned in the 31500 block of 1st Avenue South in Federal Way early in the morning July 24.

They found the teenager thought to have fired the gun and arrested him at home about 8:30 a.m. Dymerski said the teenager lives within a half-mile from where the 12-year-old was shot.

Dymerski said detectives are not aware of any pre-existing rivalry among the teenagers. “There doesn’t seem to be any relationship between the smaller kids and the older guys,” he said.

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