Mount Vernon, WA – According to a press release from Lieutenant Greg Booth of the Mount Vernon Police Department, multiple arrests have been made in the weapons offense case from Sunday, June 3rd, 2018.
On June 3, 2018, at about 9:10PM, officers were dispatched to reports of shots fired near the intersection of North LaVenture Road and East College Way. Witnesses reported that occupants of a blue minivan had fired shots toward a black passenger car. The blue minivan was last seen heading westbound on East College Way and the black passenger car left northbound on North LaVenture Road. The responding officers were unable to locate the blue minivan, so officers in other neighboring jurisdictions were notified of the weapon offense.
The on-scene investigation determined that both vehicles had been stopped, facing westbound at the intersection of East College Way and North LaVenture Road. The driver of the black car reported that the occupants of the blue minivan were yelling at him as he turned onto North LaVenture Road. As the minivan traveled westbound through the intersection, the victim and several witnesses reported hearing multiple gunshots. Evidence from the scene was collected, which does corroborate the witness statements. There were no injuries or property damage reported after the incident.
Approximately 20 minutes later, Sedro Woolley Police located the associated blue minivan on State Street near Metcalf Street, and conducted a traffic stop. Five occupants of the vehicle were detained and transported to the Mount Vernon Police Department for interviews.
As a result of the investigation, a 29-year-old Mount Vernon man, a 19-year-old Mount Vernon man, and a 17-year-old juvenile male from Burlington were booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center for investigation of Drive-By Shooting (RCW 9A.36.045). There were two other occupants, both 14-year-old juvenile males from Mount Vernon, who were released to their parents.
Investigators are still trying to determine if the suspects and the victim have any prior relationship, and what my have led up to the shooting. The investigation is still ongoing, as detectives plan to serve a search warrant on the blue minivan and several cell phones belonging to the suspects.
At this time, there’s no information linking the incident to the reported shooting that occurred near Starbucks and Big Scoop on Saturday afternoon.
Anyone with information that may assist Mount Vernon Police Department Investigators is encouraged to call police dispatch at (360) 428-3211 or the Mount Vernon Police Department at (360) 336-6271.