EVERETT -- The 17-year-old boy accused of shooting two other teenagers is being charged as an adult, according to court documents filed by Snohomish County prosecutors Wednesday.
Sylius St. Amie is charged with two counts of first degree assault. Bail was set at raised to $1 million.
Investigators said the suspect admitted to being a gang member and that he confronted another boy for wearing a rival gang’s color, but neither of the two victims had any connection to gangs.
The shooting happened Sept. 3 after school hours near Mariner High School and Discovery Elementary School.
According to charging documents, the 17-year-old boy was struck three times, and his 14-year-old sister was shot once when she rushed to his aid. The boy was taking his sister to dance practice for her upcoming Quinceanera at the elementary school.
The two teenage shooting victims are recovering from their injuries. The 14-year-old girl was released from Harborview, and her 17-year-old brother is still hospitalized. He’s listed in satisfactory condition.
Commander Patrick Slack with the Snohomish Regional Drug and Gang Task Force said while Snohomish County doesn’t have big-time gang problems like big-time cities like Los Angeles or Miami, it is problem enough to keep fighting against drug cartels and gang activity.
“We have to continue to be aggressive in our performance in addressing these issues to keep it at level, or what we really want to do is reduce it down farther,” he said.