LYNNWOOD — Two teens died in a drive-by shooting at Spruce Park in Lynnwood Thursday night.
At 9:15 p.m., authorities were called to the park, at 16834 36th Ave W, for reports of shots fired from a car, according to the Lynnwood Police Department. First responders arrived to find two boys, age 15 and 16, suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds. The teens were transported to hospitals where they died from their injuries.
Detectives were still investigating the shooting Friday, including whether there was any connection to a drive-by shooting earlier in the week less than a half-mile away. In that incident, a boy and a girl were shot while walking with a group on a sidewalk around 2 p.m. Wednesday in the 3500 block of 164th Street SW. Both of those children were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and they were expected to survive.
Later, law enforcement found and impounded a gold-colored Lincoln Town Car that was suspected to have been used in the Wednesday shooting, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Courtney O’Keefe said. The abandoned vehicle was recovered in Bothell.
No arrests had been made in either shooting as of Friday.
“My heart goes out to these young people’s families,” Mayor Christine Frizzell said in a statement Friday. “The recent incidents of shootings in and near our city are cause for great concern and we take these events extremely seriously.”
She said the city is moving to hire more police officers, and to work with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office and Violent Offenders Task Force to address a recent rise in violent crimes.
“We are committed to ensuring that Lynnwood’s Parks and our neighborhoods are a safe and welcoming place for all people to enjoy, and we are working hard to address these issues now and into the future,” she said.
Anyone with information can call Lynnwood detective Russ Sattarov at 425-670-5633 or the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office at 425-388-3845. Or call 911.
The Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death of the two deceased boys.
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