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Prosecutors file weapons charges against teen suspected in Parkland shooting

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Jan. 24, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
January 24, 2013 2:26 pm

Pierce County prosecutors today filed two weapons charges against a 15-year-old boy suspected of shooting at rival gang members outside a Parkland fast food restaurant.

The teen, who The News Tribune is not identifying because he is underage, faces one count of unlawful possession of a short-barreled rifle and one count of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

He has not been arraigned and remains in custody at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are still investigating Monday’s shooting. Additional charges could be filed against the teen, prosecuting attorney Kevin Benton said.

According to charging papers:

Deputies responded about noon to the fast food restaurant in the 11000 block of Pacific Avenue and found that eight to ten teenagers had already fled the scene.

Witnesses said the group argued inside the restaurant and then walked outside. Multiple shots were fired, one of which hit a 15-year-old boy in the hand. The teen facing weapons charges was seen carrying a rifle and jumping over a nearby fence.

“The subject with the rifle or shotgun appeared to be having a problem firing the weapon at one point, as if it had jammed,” documents state.

Deputies found the teen and discovered several .22 caliber bullets in his pocket.

The teen initially denied being involved in the shooting, then told deputies a group of men confronted one of his friends and lifted their shirts to show they were armed with handguns.

He admitted to firing his rifle at the other group and led deputies to the gun, which had one bullet in the chamber and one bullet jammed in the first round. The weapon held seven other bullets.

Authorities said the teen has two prior convictions for unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

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