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Police say man shot at in Auburn returned fire with 5-year-old son in backseat, gun found in child’s pocket

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Nov. 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
November 28, 2012 5:24 pm

Auburn police say a domestic dispute today escalated to gunfire exchanged between two vehicles, and ended with officers finding a gun in the pocket of a 5-year-old boy who was in the backseat of one of the cars.

Officers responded at 11:20 a.m. to a report of gunshots fired at 21st Place Southeast and 21st Street Southeast.

A man in his early thirties was parked in the driveway of a former girlfriend with their five-year-old son in the backseat, according to Cmdr. Mike Hirman.

The woman and two other men drove up and fired several rounds at the man, Hirman said.

He returned fire from the car, and fled a few blocks away, according to police, who said he was later taken to Harborview Medical Center for a non life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg.

The boy was not injured, but officers found his father’s gun in his pocket, Hirman said.

The three people in the other car were found and taken into custody later this afternoon.

The cause of the dispute is still under investigation.

The child is with relatives, Hirman said.

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