EVERETT — Two suspects in an Everett apartment complex shooting led Snohomish County deputies on a chase that reached 100 mph on I-5 before both were arrested, police said.
Just after 3 p.m. Thursday, a 20-year-old man was shot in the leg at an apartment complex in the 11800 block of Fourth Avenue W, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. He was taken to a hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The apartments are across the street from Voyager Middle School, where kids were getting released for the day around the same time.
Witnesses refused to give information to police about the circumstances of the shooting, according to a Snohomish County detective’s report filed in court.
The 911 caller who reported the shooting alleged those responsible fled in a red Volkswagen sedan with tinted windows, according to the report.
Five minutes later, another deputy saw a red Volkswagen sedan going east on 112th Street SE, a mile or two from the scene. Believing it was the same one reportedly involved in the shooting, the deputy followed it onto I-5.
The alleged driver of the Volkswagen, an 18-year-old Mukilteo man, drove south on I-5 at speeds over 75 mph in multiple lanes, including the shoulder, according to court documents. A few minutes later, the Volkswagen got off at the 164th Street exit. Despite the tinted windows, the pursuing deputy could see a driver and passenger inside the car.
Driven by the Mukilteo man, the Volkswagen went east on 164th Street before returning to I-5, this time going north. The Volkswagen reached 100 mph in rush-hour traffic, according to the police report.
The suspect “drove in a reckless manner, showing a wanton and willful disregard for the safety of other persons,” the detective wrote.
He got off the freeway again at 128th Street, where there was heavy traffic. So he turned into a parking lot in the 100 block of 128th, according to court papers. The Mukilteo man was arrested there for investigation of drive-by shooting and attempting to elude police. The passenger fled on foot.
The sheriff’s office reportedly used police dogs and an aircraft to try to track the second suspect, a 17-year-old boy who police believe was the shooter at the apartment complex.
Around 3:30 p.m., a master patrol deputy found the 17-year-old, shirtless and out of breath, on a 128th Street sidewalk, according to the police report. A witness reportedly identified him as the suspected shooter with 80% certainty.
No gun was found on either of the suspects, but it could still be inside the Volkswagen, the detective’s report notes.
The Mukilteo man was in custody at the Snohomish County Jail on Friday. Everett District Court Judge Tam Bui set bail at $75,000.