Whidbey man shot; police befuddled

No breakthroughs have been made in a case involving a Whidbey Island man that was shot in Everett Saturday.

According to Everett Police Department Sgt. Robert Goetz, the incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. on the 1800 block of 18th Street. Patrol officers responded to multiple 911 calls from residents who reported hearing gun shots.

“We received several calls of shots fired in the area,” he said.

Arriving officers found a 20-year-old man with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the leg. The case is still under investigation and the man is not being identified, though Goetz did say he had a Whidbey Island driver’s license.

“That doesn’t mean he lives there still,” he added.

The man was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center where he reportedly underwent surgery for a non-life-threatening wound.

As of Friday, no arrests have been made but a 22-year-old Everett man did show up at the police station Saturday shortly after the shooting and indicated he was involved. He was not injured.

According to Goetz, the shooting happened outside near the street but the relationship between the two men and why the shooting occurred remains unclear largely due to inconsistencies with the 22-year-old man’s story.

“We’re not calling anyone a suspect or victim at this point,” Goetz said.

Investigators are not looking for any other persons involved in the incident. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is urged to call the Everett Police Department’s tip line at 425-257-8450.


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