12-Year-Old Boy Shot in Face by Older Brother During Video Game Argument
Seattle Post Intelligencer via YellowBrix
February 02, 2011
SEATTLE – The injuries to the 12-year-old who was shot in the face Monday evening are not life threatening, according to a Bellevue police report.
The 16-year-old brother was booked into King County Youth Center on charges of first degree attempted manslaughter.
The argument that caused the gun shot began over a video game that both the victim and his older brother wanted to use. As the argument progressed, the older brother drew a gun he illegally purchased last month with the intention of threatening the younger sibling. The gun went off striking the younger brother in the mouth.
Police said the older brother purchased the gun for reasons of protection and status. He told police he has gang affiliations.
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A 12-year-old boy was shot in the face, likely by his brother, Monday night while the siblings were wrestling, Bellevue police said.
Police responded to a 911 call at the 12th Place Condos, at the 16200 Block of Northeast 12th Court, at 7:30 p.m. reporting a boy with blood coming from his mouth and face. Bellevue Police Lt. Marcia Harnden said a language barrier eroded the call before a dispatcher who spoke Spanish became involved.
Harnden said the boy was wrestling or rough-housing with his 16-year-old brother when the gun was fired, hitting the younger boy in the mouth. Harnden said it’s too early to tell whether the shot was accidental.
“The indication is that they were at least wrestling around, we’re not sure if it was playful or not,” she said.
The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, with concerns that his airway was blocked. Harnden said the boy likely was in critical condition when he left the scene.
Police said it remains unknown how the older boy came to be in possession of the weapon.