LYNNWOOD, Wash. - Life in a Lynnwood neighborhood got very tense Monday morning, when a shooting suspect began knocking on windows and doors in an effort to get away from police.
The suspect was fleeing authorities after allegedly shooting another man in the parking lot of the AMPM gas station at 164th St and 14th Place.
Snohomish County investigators said the two men may have known each other. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The manager of the store said he and his employees did not hear or see anything. A tree trimmer nearby did not see the shooting but heard a gunshot.
The suspect reportedly fled the scene in a car, then ditched it two and half miles away near McCollum Park.
"I was working at home alone with my three-year-old and three-month-old when I hear this bang, bang, bang," said Caurilyn Schwandt. Home surveillance video shows the suspect covered in dirt, scaling a fencing and walking through her backyard to her rear sliding glass window.
The suspect was banging on her sliding door. She had just seen police out her front window.
"I ran out the front door and I yelled, ‘There’s a guy in the backyard, I don’t know who he is, but he’s back there," she said.
With guns drawn, deputies working with a K9 unit found the suspect hiding in a greenbelt that separates Caurilyn’s home and the Park. He was taken into custody.
"I couldn't have been any more thankful to have them already in the cul-de-sac," she said of deputies.
The sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit was at the scene of the shooting most of the day and are investigating the shooting as potential felony assault.
Caurilyn says she’s still shaken by the nightmare situation—a young mom with young kids in a home surrounded by police, with a suspected gunman at her door.
"It was an experience that I wouldn't want anybody else to go through, it was absolutely terrifying," she said.