16-year-old girl shot Monday after dispute in north Everett

The suspect, 19, was arrested for assault and booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

EVERETT — Police say a Monday night shooting could have ended tragically for a 16-year-old Everett girl.

“Fortunately it turns out to be a grazing wound,” Everett police officer Aaron Snell said Tuesday. “She declined medical treatment and was not taken to the hospital.”

The shooting was reported around 8:45 p.m. in the 3900 block of Nassau Street.

The girl’s mother called 911 to report that her daughter had been shot.

Several witnesses identified the suspect who had driven away. Snell said the pair was not in a dating relationship and it was not considered to be a case of domestic violence. Court papers described the suspect’s relationship to the girl as “a friend of a friend.”

The suspect, a 19-year-old Everett man, called 911 to make arrangements to surrender in a parking lot in the 6200 block of Broadway.

Snell said the man told police he thought he needed to defend himself.

He allegedly admitted to opening the front passenger car door and pointing a gun at the girl in hopes that it would scare her off.

He allegedly said he shot her after she began hitting his car, telling police, “We weren’t in danger.”

Later, he reportedly said he intended to shoot her in the upper body because “she doesn’t care about anyone else’s life. Why should I care about hers?”

Police arrested him for investigation of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

Investigators found a .40 caliber handgun in the center console of his car. Officers also recovered a shell casing in the 2500 block of Melvin Avenue where the suspect allegedly told police he had thrown it.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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