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King County Sheriff
Mitzi Johanknecht



Detectives are investigating what lead to a 17yoa male being shot in the chest early Thursday morning near an apartment complex in Burien. The victim was rushed to Harborview Hospital by medics for emergency surgery.


At around 1213am, on Thursday May 19th, 2016, King County Sheriff 911 communications received reports of the sounds of gunfire in the area of SW 116 St and Ambaum Blvd SW, in Burien Wa.  Very shortly thereafter, they received updates that a man had been shot in the chest and was laying in a parking lot of an apartment complex in that same area.


Deputies from Burien arrived in the area within minutes and found the victim, later learned to be 17yoa male, lying near an apartment complex in the 11400Blk of 16th Ave SW.  The victim had a single gunshot wound to his chest.   Deputies as well as medics from North Highline fire and King County Medic-1 provided aid to the victim at the scene before he was rushed to Harborview Medical center for emergency surgery.


Because of the nature of his injuries, Deputies were only able to get a very limited description of the suspects from the victim.   At the time, they were described as two Hispanic males wearing dark clothing.  It is believed that they fled on foot and then possibly in a silver or gray 2000’s era sedan.  A K-9 track was attempted but no suspects were located.

The exact number of shots fired is unknown, but multiple shots were heard by witnesses.

At the time of this press release the victim was out of surgery in intensive care.


King County Sheriff Major Crimes Detectives are investigating the events that lead up to the shooting and the possibility that drugs or gangs may have had any involvement in it.  The investigation is on-going at this time.


Detectives are attempting to locate as many witnesses as possible to the event.  Anyone with information is asked to call 206-296-3311