EVERETT — A boy died after he was shot in south Everett on Wednesday evening.
Someone called police after hearing a gunshot near 12th Avenue West and 99th Street SW, said Everett officer Aaron Snell said. Officers arrived at the Walden Pond Apartments around 5 p.m. They found the boy outside in one of the apartment building’s breezeways, Snell said.
He later died at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. His age was not immediately available.
Detectives are working to track down information about the shooting and suspect, or suspects.
The violence adds to a growing list of shootings in recent months. There have been more than 35 in the city since December. Most of those have been attributed to gangs warring in south Everett, inside and outside city limits.
Last month, Everett police investigated three shootings in Everett within the span of two days.
Gunfire was reported twice within an hour along W. Casino Road on Sept. 11. A 17-year-old boy who was in a car with four others was struck and taken to the hospital. A passenger vehicle was seen driving away after both shootings.
A group of three teenage boys went to Providence to visit the injured boy the following day. Afterward, they walked out to their car together. The youngest, 16, picked up a stolen handgun that was inside the vehicle. It fired and a bullet lodged in another boy’s back.
To address the violence, Everett police have shifted some resources. The department assigned a gang detective and deployed a two-officer car to focus on gang crimes. The department’s pro-active team also has been assigned to target known gang locations. Extra patrols have been added to Casino Road.