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10-Year-Old Boy Shoots Self During Metro Robbery Attempt

The Seattle Times via YellowBrix

August 19, 2010

SEATTLE – The 10-year-old boy who suffered a gunshot wound in the arm Tuesday night aboard a Metro Transit bus in Seattle accidentally shot himself during a robbery, police said.

The boy, who is being treated at Harborview Medical Center, will likely face charges of robbery and a weapons violation when he is released from the hospital, police said.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday, a bus driver at Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street heard a commotion and someone yelling to open the back door. Then he heard the boy say he was hurt, said Metro spokeswoman Linda Thielke.

The boy was taken to Virginia Mason Medical Center with a wound not considered life-threatening. He was later transferred to Harborview.

According to new details released by police Wednesday, a 17-year-old boy was aboard Metro’s Route 7 bus when he was confronted by a group of juveniles, including the 10-year-old. The 10-year-old ordered the older boy to empty his pockets while the other boys, ages 12, 14 and 15 surrounded the 17-year-old, police said.

The 17-year-old later told police he thought he was going to be robbed.

The older boy said the 10-year-old unzipped a backpack he had been carrying and reached inside. The older boy was afraid the younger boy was reaching for a gun so he grabbed him in a bear hug. During the struggle a gunshot was fired from inside the backpack, wounding the younger boy, police said.

The older boy feared the other boys would reach for the gun so he grabbed the backpack and ran out of the bus, police said. He was assaulted by the other boys after he left the bus, police said.

Police interviewed the 17-year-old and later released him. Police searched the backpack and found a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol.

However, the 10-year-old’s aunt had said Tuesday that the boy accidentally shot himself when he reached into his cousin’s backpack, which contained a gun.

Lorraine Allen said police called her and said the victim and his cousin, her 17-year-old son, were with other boys and had gotten into a fight after getting off the bus near the intersection.

She said, “I was told [the gun] was in a backpack … and it went off.”

Her son was at the scene but declined to talk to a reporter.

Police would not say whether any of the boys involved in the incident had criminal histories. They also could not confirm that the 10-year-old and 17-year-old were related.

Tuesday’s shooting was the second in two days at the intersection. Monday night, a man in his 20s fired shots and grazed a male teenager’s back, according to police.

  • Spd_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Should be a self correcting problem. However given todays youth it will just be the beginning.

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    about 4 years ago


    Like others have said already, where the he** were the parents ?!?!? 10 years old and committing armed robbery !? GEEEEEEEZZZZZZZ !!!!!!

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Bump Top_Cat

  • Marinesegaiwoblues1024x768_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Holy cra*! A 10 year old leading a gang of thugs? What the heck is this world coming to and what in the world would cause this 10 year old to pull this kind of crime?!

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    about 4 years ago



  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    about 4 years ago


    idiots are starting younger and younger these days

  • Hpim1329_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Ha ha ha

  • Tieton_max50


    about 4 years ago


    The kid is obviously a little punk, but he wasn't born that way, hold the Damn parents accountable for his actions. When I was 10 8pm was my bedtime I wasn't rolling with my homeys looking for trouble and the only gun I had was a plastic one that I used to play Adam-12 with.

  • Ganster_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Maaaaaybe this child should consider a different career path...

  • L_59fe72e99fa891e59f62e6ceb62eca88_max50


    about 4 years ago


    wow, what a great start to a horrible life. I had a gun when I was ten, my father and I went squirrel hunting.

  • 2011_range_day_2-19-10_max50


    about 4 years ago


    At 10 years old, I was still playing with G.I. Joe's but thats a story for another time.

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