EVERETT — A homeless man reported he was picking up trash around a Swift bus stop in Everett last month when he was shot in the head, according to recent charging papers.
A witness said she heard the gunshots and saw someone leaving the scene. She pressed a sock to the victim’s head in an attempt to slow the bleeding.
When police arrived, the wounded man was sitting on a bench, holding something to his head. He told officers that “Puppet,” who was sleeping on the bench, woke up, accused him of stealing a meth pipe and shot him.
Police quickly found the suspect, whose real name is Tyrone Carr, less than a quarter-mile away.
Carr was charged on Feb. 4 with first-degree assault. He has a long rap sheet that includes nine felonies, deputy prosecutor Tyler Scott wrote. In 1996, he was convicted of an assault in Arizona, where he shot and nearly killed someone, apparently unprovoked. More recently, in September, Carr was arrested for investigation of second-degree robbery after he tried stealing food from a convenience store and allegedly punched a clerk in the face.
The man Carr shot last month suffered a significant brain bleed, according to charging papers. He was transported to Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, where he underwent surgery to have part of his skull removed to reduce swelling. He survived.
Carr remained at the Snohomish County Jail on Thursday, with bail set at $750,000.
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