EVERETT — Two 20-year-old men have been arrested for investigation of a drug ripoff that ended with a teen shot in the head south of Everett, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
A 19-year-old man set up a deal to sell an ounce of marijuana Tuesday at the Brisa apartments on Admiralty Way, according to a probable cause statement written by sheriff’s deputies.
The supposed buyer, Daniel Arevalo-Camacho, arrived at 12:30 p.m. and got into a Chevy Impala with the teen. He made small talk as he checked out a sandwich bag half-filled with weed. Then he bolted out of the car and ran around a corner, according to the police reports.
The 19-year-old chased him. He was not armed. The suspect’s driver, 20, was waiting in another car. He saw Arevalo-Camacho fire a shot from 15 feet away, according to a statement he later made to deputies.
“Danny turned around and did a perfect shot. The kid fell,” he said, according to detectives.
The teen suffered a gunshot to the head. An ambulance rushed him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Witnesses caught the license plate of the fleeing black Dodge Journey. It belonged to the driver’s mother.
Deputies knocked on her apartment down the street, and the alleged shooter ran out a back door. A deputy stopped Arevalo-Camacho. He was carrying a .40-caliber pistol.
Unprompted, the young man reportedly asked, “The guy didn’t die, did he?”
A bag of marijuana was recovered from his underwear. His friend admitted he agreed to be the getaway driver, according to deputies.
In court a deputy public defender, Pooja Vaddadi, argued only the driver identified Arevalo-Camacho as the shooter, and the driver may have a reason to lie.
Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui set bail at $500,000. Arevalo-Camacho has another pending case for illegal aiming or discharging of a firearm, said Lyndi Stone, the deputy prosecutor.
The co-defendant’s hearing was delayed.
“Hopefully,” Stone said, “this will not become a homicide.”
Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @snocaleb.