EVERETT — The man didn’t want to join a gang. So, he told police, he was shot at.
While he was driving in Everett last Tuesday evening, near the intersection of 52nd Street SE and Woodlawn Avenue, two men reportedly rolled up next to him in a Honda. The man told Everett police he recognized them. The driver was 19 and the passenger was 18, and they both lived in Everett, according to court papers.
The man said the teenagers were part of a local gang that had asked him to join their ranks. He refused, he told an officer, and since then gang members have assaulted and threatened him.
He said he also was targeted because his brother is part of a different gang.
After seeing them Tuesday evening, the man said he turned his car around, fearing for his life. The passenger allegedly got out of the suspect vehicle and pointed a gun at him.
The man ducked down as he drove away, the police report say. He heard a loud popping sound like a gunshot, he said, according to documents.
The teenagers reportedly drove after, following him around central Everett for several minutes, and attempting to pull up alongside him several times. Eventually, the chase ended.
Both men were booked the next day into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault. The 19-year-old also is suspected of intimidating a witness.
The man they allegedly shot at was not injured.