13-year-old boy charged with murder in shooting of teen

Everett police investigate the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. (Photo: KOMO News)

EVERETT, Wash. - A 13-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder and unlawful gun possession in the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy.

The Daily Herald reports the 13-year-old was charged Monday in juvenile court following the Oct. 4 death of David Sandoval.

Everett police have called the shooting gang-related. Witnesses told police the 13-year-old was associating with a south Everett gang and was going to be initiated into it soon or already had been recently.

According to charging papers several witnesses say that in the days leading up to the fatal shooting the 13-year-old boy had pointed a gun at multiple people. He allegedly told them he wanted to be known as "lil shooter."

But court papers say the boy had never actually fired a gun before the deadly shooting.

"He knew he had struck the victim as he stood there and watched him fall," court documents say. The 14-year-old was shot outside the breezeway of an apartment building at Walden Pond Apartments at 9900 12th Ave. W.

Court papers filed Thursday say that the 13-year-old and the 14-year-old had an altercation about shoes Wednesday before the shooting.

Later that day, the victim and a friend met the 13-year-old outside the apartment building.

"He said he shot the victim one time as the victim and his friend were challenging him using gang-related verbiage. ('What are you banging')," court documents say.

The frightened 13-year-old ran away and hid the gun.

A 911 caller just before 10 p.m. Wednesday reported seeing the suspect at a bus stop on West Casino Road. He was taken into custody, police said.

He later told police he had hid the gun and showed them where it was, police said.

Everett has been plagued by recent gun violence. There have been more than 35 shootings in the city since December.

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