17-year-old shot and killed in Renton; Seattle man arrested

A teenager was shot to death in Renton and a Seattle man has been arrested, police said.

Police were called to N. 4th Street around 7:30 p.m. for reports of gunshots in the area. 

Witnesses directed police to a dumpster in a nearby alleyway, where the 17-year-old male was found dead with gunshot wounds. First responders attempted to save the 17-year-old at the scene but were unsuccessful.  

Detectives identified a 41-year-old Seattle man as the person suspected of shooting the teen and arrested him Tuesday morning, police said.

Renton Police Commander Dave Leibman told Q13 News on Thursday a witness told officers a person walking out of a local business was robbed at gunpoint by four juveniles. The group then ran away. The person that was robbed went back inside and told the security guard.

A security guard with the patron went to look for the group and found them as they were entering an alley. 

A witness told Renton police the security guard rolled down his window, told the juveniles not to run, then shot at the group, shooting and killing the 17-year-old. Afterward, the security guard then went back inside at his business and didn’t call 911 or notify anyone, according to Leibman.

"That the most puzzling part to me, why he (the security guard) would not have notified police or anybody for that matter," Leibman said. 

An investigation continues. There are no other suspects and no further risk to the public, police said. No further information was immediately released.

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