Suspected gunman dead in shootings near Arlington

  • Sun Sep 2nd, 2012 9:26pm
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By Alejandro Dominguez Herald Writer

ARLINGTON — A man suspected of shooting and injuring one person and shooting at police and vehicles was reported dead Sunday.

How the man died and other details about him were not clear, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

Authorities on Sunday night were advising residents in the area of Jim Creek Road, northeast of Arlington, to remain indoors while they determined if more than one person was involved in the shootings, she said.

“Nothing has been ruled out,” Ireton said.

The large number of shots fired was the main reason why police believed there was potentially more than one gunman.

One weapon was recovered, Ireton said.

The Snohomish Multi-Agency Response team is in charge of the investigation.

First responders received a 911 call from a man who was shot in his driveway in the 17000 block of Jim Creek Road. When the responders arrived, shots were fired and the SWAT team was called in, Ireton said.

The shooting victim was taken to Cascade Regional Hospital for injuries to his leg that were not believed to be life threatening.

During the day, several departments with K-9 units and armored vehicles arrived on scene. Officers from Stanwood, Everett and Bellingham police departments and deputies from King and Whatcom couty sheriff’s departments were among those who responded.

Police closed down the road to prevent people from coming in. Residents parked their vehicles at the side of Jim Creek Road, north of 250th Street NE, waiting for the road to open.

“It’s sad that somebody does something like this,” said Anneliese Bennett, who lives on the road. “What do they have to gain?”

Terri Daily, 25, was trying to get home, but had to wait with her 5-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.

“Never has something like this happened and I have live here all my life,” Daily said.

Bevileane Berrios of Port Orchard was trying to return to her family who were camping at the Jim Creek recreation area for Labor Day weekend.

She was with a family member and found out they had passed the area at the same time the shooting was taking place, she said.

“We could have been one of the victims. I’m glad he didn’t shoot us,” Berrios said.

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@heraldnet.com.