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Auburn teen charged in shooting

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

With a telephone call from his mother to King County police on July 24, Elliot Mason Brady, 19, of Auburn, surrendered and was arrested on suspicion of shooting a 12-year-old boy in the stomach.

Brady has been charged in King County Superior Court with four counts of first-degree assault with a firearm for the July 23 shooting. He will next appear in court on Aug. 19.

Brady left a friend’s house as a passenger in a maroon Mitsubishi Eclipse with a spoiler and custom headlights and taillights about 10:30 p.m. July 23, according to charging papers.

As he and two friends drove down the street, they encountered the younger teens walking north on 34th Avenue South near 292nd. A verbal altercation transpired and the groups threw gang signs, according to police.

The 12-year-old and two of his cousins, 14 and 15, who were with him the night he was shot, have said they’re Bloods, though King County Sheriff spokesman Sgt. Greg Dymerski warned against concluding too much from their admission of gang membership.

The owner of the Eclipse told police that Brady was sitting in the front passenger seat, where he leaned out the window and fired a small-caliber revolver.

The 12-year-old, whose name the Mirror is not releasing because of his age and because he’s the victim of a crime, was shot in the torso. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with what police said were not life-threatening injuries.

The driver told police he dropped Brady and the other passenger at Totem Junior High School after the shooting, according to court papers.

When deputies searched the vehicle, they found a live .22-caliber bullet and two holsters under the spare tire in the trunk.

Deputies arrested Brady at home the next morning.

He is being held at the Regional Justice Center in Kent on $250,000 bail. He has prior convictions for third-degree assault (1999), third-degree theft (1999), residential burglary (1999), third-degree malicious mischief (1999) and harassment (2002).

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