MARYSVILLE, Wash. - Police said they arrested two juvenile suspects on Wednesday after the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old near Marysville Pilchuck High School.
According to Marysville Police, officers responded about 8:45 p.m. Tuesday to a report of shots fired in the 5800 block of 116th Street. While officers were en route, another caller said someone was shot, possibly with a BB gun.
When police arrived, they found a 17-year-old from Marysville shot in the stomach. The teen was taken to Providence Medical Center in Everett and died later in surgery. Parents who live in near the crime scene were shocked to hear the victim was only a teenager.
"That’s the first thing I thought of was oh my God how young that kid is," said one neighbor. "You don’t think somebody that young could go through that stuff. Not in this neighborhood."
Investigators are still piecing together what happened, but they don't believe the shooting was random. They haven't yet named the victim.
"It’s an eye opener. Makes us a little bit uneasy. We just hope that whoever did this will get caught and hopefully see justice for it," said another person who lives near the crime scene.
Marysville police said two juvenile males were taken into custody Wednesday and booked into Denny Youth Center for investigation of 2nd-degree murder.
In-person classes for special needs students were canceled at Marysville Pilchuck High "out of an abundance of caution," a Marysville School District spokesperson said.
Detectives are asking for the public's help in reviewing home surveillance cameras in neighborhoods surrounding Marysville Pilchuck High School. They're looking for any suspicious activity between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. January 5.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Marysville Police Department at 360-363-8326. Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.