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Enumclaw teen girl dies from gunshot Saturday night

Post by Ian Swenson / The News Tribune on Dec. 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm with 13 Comments »
December 12, 2010 12:54 pm

A 16-year-old girl died from a gunshot wound Saturday night while being transported to a hospital in Enumclaw. It is not known yet whether the gunshot was accidental.

Here is the press release from the King County Sheriff’s office:

A 16 year-old Enumclaw girl died last night after she was shot in while in a house located in the 33900 block of SE Green River Headworks Road. Occupants of the residence took her in their truck to Enumclaw Community Hospital but the girl was dead on arrival at about 8:20 PM.

The girl was reported as a runaway to Enumclaw Police on October 19th. Earlier last evening the girl’s mother called 9-1-1 to report her daughter was with her 25 year-old “boy friend”. She said the girl was in the house where she was later shot. Deputies went to the residence but were denied permission to enter to look for her. They interviewed the three men at the house, including the boy friend, but all said she wasn’t there.

Before calling the Sheriff’s Office, the mother saw her daughter on a deck of the house smoking. But before deputies arrived, two vehicles left the residence, and the mother didn’t know if the girl was in one of them or not.

One of the two men who drove the girl to the hospital was the boy friend.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit are investigating, including the possibility that this was an accidental shooting. The weapon was a handgun.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is continuing.

Leave a comment Comments → 13
  1. Golferscantjump says:

    Really.
    25 year old boyfriend?
    Mother knows.
    Out on the deck having a smoke.

  2. Robert Humphries says:

    So who is the writer of the lead-in to this story? It reads as if a girl got shot while in-route to the hospital (a strange story if true).

  3. tommy98466 says:

    Read it again Robert Humphries. It dosen’t say that at all.

  4. cclngthr says:

    First question is why was the girl considered a runaway and what prompted that? it may be time to start putting a leash on kids to control them.

    Secondly, it may be time to start thinking about revising the age of consent. Perhaps changing that to age 18 or 21 is best. Make it automatically rape if people have sex with anyone under 18 regardless of age of the 2 people.

  5. she was 16 and if you were a parent you would know that we as parents have no control of our teens we basically get our hands tied behind our backs .. and the cops shouldve went in to the house and got her … as for the 25 yr old boyfriend not much a mother can do to keep a teen home now adays .. the laws are so messed up they dont help us to have them listen at all … as for smoking yes isnt it amazing that a run away with a 25 yr old boyfriend smokes .. they are 12 yr olds smoking … obviously you dont know anything about teenagers .

  6. The Sheriffs deputies didn’t do anything when they had the opportunity to bring this girl home. Don’t blame the mom! She tried to get her child home. What is a parent to do when they can’t get help from the authorities and at the same time the child won’t listen? This is a ‘double edged sword’. But put yourself in this unfortunate familie’s nightmare right now; What a horror to have to live with! Especially during the holidays. It’s indeed a time this child’s family needs comfort & support, not complaining and insulting . I am very sadddened and I couldn’t even imagine having to live through something this horrific.To the family and friends of the young lady, I send my deepest sympathies.

  7. cclngthr says:

    shannon,
    Cops can’t search a home without a search warrant, which must include probable cause. Even if the girl was in the house, cops need some physical evidence to do such search.

    Yesterday we were talking about parents not being parents on the survey about education. Today, we are talking about parents trying to parent, but can’t due to laws. Yesterdays discussion demanded parents take control over kids, which includes hovering, but how can they with the laws that we have?

  8. To anyone whom feels the need to bash the parents on this sad day, I am sorry for your small mind. You do not know the people involved, nor do you know the situation.

    This was a mother who could not love her children more. She is a loving and caring and a hands on parent.

    If you have any children, and know how the laws read in our state, at 16 it is all but impossible to keep your child from doing “what they think is best” for them. Then you involve an older boyfriend, whom, I would imagine she thought was much smarter that her mother, and you can only hope and pray that the result will not be what is was on Saturday night.

    I know this mother, and I know that tonight she is living the worst nightmare a mother can possibly know. Don’t judge her until you stand in her shoes.

    And as for this beautiful girl, who so needlessly was taken, she was a joy. The paper only says “runaway” and we all jump to conclusions that this was a troubled child, or criminal. She was not…… She was a daughter, sister, friend and was loved.

    I wasn’t even going to respond to this, however, I can not believe what some people say, and if you saw this mother, would you say that to her face, when looking into her heartbroken eyes. I think not. Don’t judge, ye shall not be judged. You don’t know the situation. If you can’t say anything kind, don’t say anything at all.

  9. siragwatkins says:

    My heart ges out to this mother tonight.

  10. Why hasn’t the boyfriend been arrested for sex with an underage child???
    And why were the men able to refuse entry to the police? Were they not able to get a search warrant?
    This girl’s life might have been saved.

  11. To Isthmay,

    It was a Saturday night, and the police have to have probable cause or a search warrant. They had neither. That is why I say, our system is not without some serious flaws. And yes, had our laws been different, this girl would probably still be alive. It as a sad situation.

  12. Well said Katrina…….I also know the mother, she loved and still loves her child…Teenagers often make “stupid choices” that we as parents cannot control…This little girl was taken way to early…..For all the people who want to judge someone they dont even know, do us all a favor and do something else with your time…..This just shows us, that you should hug and love your children the best you can everyday, we dont know how long they will be with us……My heart goes out to the mother, you know who you are…..

  13. Shame on the police dept….”probable cause” how about some “COMMON SENSE” The mother saw her there, called 911 and wanted some help…..Had she called about a crack house, you would have come with SWAT and raided the property….Shame on you……………Senseless………….RIP Little Angel

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