Homeless man shot with paintball gun; 2 Edmonds teens arrested

Victim told Lynnwood police he was homeless
Jan 21, 2019

Two Edmonds teenagers were among four arrested Sunday, Jan. 20, for allegedly shooting a homeless man with a paintball gun. The four then reportedly laughed and drove off.

The incident occurred just after midnight in the 19200 block of 196th Street SW near the intersection of 76th Avenue NW, and just outside Edmonds city limits.

At about midnight, according to Cmdr. Sean Doty of the Lynnwood Police, a man contacted a Lynnwood police officer on an unrelated traffic stop near the 19200 block of 196th Street SW. The man, who said he was in his 50s and homeless, told the officer he had been walking to work when a carload of juveniles pulled up next to him and shot at him with a paintball gun, striking him in the face and chest.

The man had visible swelling and bruising underneath one of his eyes, Doty said.

The man provided a description of the suspect vehicle as a blue four-door sedan being driven without its headlights. The man said that after the occupants shot him, the vehicle left the church parking lot where he had been walking and where he last saw it driving on 196th.

The man told the officer he initially thought he had been shot with a real gun when he was stuck in the face. The man said he could hear laughter coming from the vehicle as it took off.

Doty said the Lynnwood officer saw suspect vehicle exit onto 196th while he was conducting his traffic stop, and requested additional officers attempt to locate the suspect vehicle. Officers quickly located a vehicle matching the description driving in the area making odd turns and occasionally shutting off its headlights.

Officers pulled the vehicle over and spotted a paintball gun, Doty said.

After further investigation, all four juvenile occupants in the vehicle were arrested and transported to the Denney Juvenile Justice Center where they were booked for second-degree assault.

The four juveniles that were arrested were all males and ranged in age from 15 to 16. In addition to the two Edmonds residents, one was from Woodinville, and one from Lynnwood.


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