2 arrested after gunfire in Everett, but not the shooters

Three houses and two cars were sprayed by bullets in the early Sunday shootout.

Update at 5 p.m. Feb. 5. Police announced a third suspect, a 28-year-old Everett man, was arrested for investigation of drive by shooting. According to Everett police, he told officers he’d brought a gun to the home and got into an argument with two men, who fired at him. He reported that he returned fire.

Original story below …

EVERETT — Bullets hit three homes and two cars Sunday morning in Everett, but two suspected shooters remained at large.

Police did arrest two other people, both from Everett, who are accused of being involved in an exchange of gunfire in the 6800 block of Lower Ridge Road.

One was a man, 29, who allegedly drove a suspected shooter to the scene of the confrontation.

The other was a woman, 26, who allegedly lied to cover up the identity of the other shooter.

The 29-year-old man told police he was at a bar in Everett with his friend, who talked about going to shoot the house of his girlfriend’s sister.

The alleged shooter and the woman were apparently involved in a dispute that was not described in court papers.

“Yeah, man, I’m going to go fight,” the man reportedly recalled his friend saying.

They drove to the house, where the friend reportedly took out a handgun. According to the man’s account of events, the friend claimed the firearm was only for appearances, and that he wanted to “fight fair.”

They were met by a group of men outside the house. After an argument, words turned into gunfire. Someone had some kind of rifle, the Everett man reported to police.

Several shots were fired before everyone fled, according to court papers. No injuries were reported.

Officers arrived around 4 a.m. to find a 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander had been left running, with the lights on and doors open. Outside the vehicle was an unfired 9 mm cartridge. Matching casings were found on Lower Ridge Road, in the direction one shooters was believed to be running. Police also found bullets from an AK-47-style rifle.

The location of the casings made it appear at least two people were shooting at each other, police noted.

The woman lied to officers “numerous times over the course of almost 11 hours,” court papers say. She reported she heard the gunfire, but didn’t see it, and didn’t know who was involved.

Upon further questioning, the woman gave only the first name of a man, who she claimed was involved. When an officer asked to look at her phone, she said she deleted all of her contacts with the man because she didn’t want to get him in trouble, according to court papers.

Police obtained a warrant to search the house and found a case for an AK-47 under the woman’s bed.

The man was arrested when he went to the house to retrieve the Mitsubishi. He was booked into jail for investigation of drive-by shooting. The woman also was arrested for investigation of rendering criminal assistance. Both remained in custody Monday in the Snohomish County Jail.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Everett Police Department tip line at 425-257-8450.

Zachariah Bryan: 425-339-3431; zbryan@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @zachariahtb.

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