EVERETT — Everett police were investigating two apparently unrelated shootings in south Everett on Wednesday afternoon.
The shootings happened less than two miles from each other, and an hour apart.
The first occurred at about 2 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 9600 block of Holly Drive.
A man was wounded after he was confronted by a gunman who suspected him of stealing his truck.
The owner of the Dodge Ram pickup had reported the theft earlier that day, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said. He found it parked outside the apartment building. Another man was sitting inside.
The truck owner, 29, of Everett, reportedly shot the man as he was running away, Snell said. The injuries were reportedly minor enough that the man, 27, of Seattle, later was booked into jail for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle.
The truck owner was detained while detectives investigated.
Officers on Wednesday were at the scene of the Holly Drive incident when another shooting was reported at 3 p.m. in the 10100 block of Evergreen Way.
A couple of officers who were in the area heard the gunfire.
That shooting involved roughly 10 people who were part of two groups, Snell said.
Some of those people were beating an Everett man, 29, in a convenience store parking lot. His girlfriend, 22, grabbed a handgun and demanded they stop.
The fighting continued and she allegedly fired one shot, injuring a Snohomish man, 31, Snell said. He is expected to survive. The man who was beaten had minor injuries.
Police questioned those involved and made three arrests, all men, ages 30 to 34. They also plan to recommend charges against the man who was shot. Detectives were investigating the girlfriend’s decision to fire, Snell said.
As in the earlier shooting, a stolen vehicle was involved. Police seized a red Ford Mustang.
There have been more than 35 shootings in Everett since December, and many of them are believed to be gang-related.
South Everett has been particularly hard hit.
On Aug. 16, people in two cars shot at one another while driving along Holly Drive, not far from Wednesday’s shootings. In that case, officers found a Jeep with bullet holes left in the roadway. An 18- and 21-year-old associated with the Jeep were arrested at a nearby house.
Violence also has resulted when people have confronted suspected car prowlers and thieves.
In June, a man was reportedly rifling through tool boxes that were in the back of someone else’s truck in Everett. The driver was hit over the head with a construction-style light when he walked over to see what was going on.
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