LYNNWOOD — Gunfire near Edmonds Community College earlier this month could have been targeted at someone living in the Heather Ridge Apartments in Lynnwood, according to a police report.
On the morning of April 3, Lynnwood police responded to reports of gunshots. They found no suspects or victims, but discovered five bullet holes in two apartments that were next to each other. Two more bullets struck a fence and curb nearby. And there were several casings found by a traffic circle in the intersection of 204th Street SW and 68th Street SW.
Security cameras showed someone in a white sedan shooting a gun while rounding the traffic circle around 6:35 a.m.
A man living in one of those apartments told police that the bullets were likely meant for him. He identified the alleged shooter as the suspect in a burglary a week earlier.
The two men had been friends and lived in the same apartment complex. The suspect was at the other man’s apartment and had apparently gotten “extremely intoxicated” on marijuana and Xanax. He started accusing people of stealing $2,000 from his bag. He left, but said he would be “coming back with something else” if no one returned his money.
The suspect reportedly came back the next morning. He covered his face, tried to use a different voice and called himself Marquis. A woman staying at the apartment said she saw him going through her backpack. She reported $200 missing from the bag.
Her boyfriend accused the other man of the theft on Facebook. Another Facebook user chimed in with several thumbs down. One said that the suspect previously had pulled a gun on him.
The alleged burglar used a profile with a pseudonym to respond. He told someone to come find him at his apartment.
The victim said he believes the comments on social media may have motivated the gunfire.
After obtaining a search warrant, police reportedly found a Glock .45-caliber handgun in a shoebox. The ammunition had similar shell casings to the ones found at the traffic circle, documents say.
In an interview with detectives, the man initially denied that he was the shooter, but contradicted himself several times, court papers say. He said the gun belonged to his uncle and that he never used it.
The man, 24, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of a drive-by shooting, burglary and theft. Bail was set to $25,000.