A 14-year-old boy told police he was scared when a white car began following him and a friend along Court Street in Pasco on Tuesday.
When a 16-year-old stepped out of the car near 18th Avenue and yelled at them, the teen reacted, grabbing his friend’s gun and shooting twice into the air, he told investigators.
It’s unknown what the teen at the other end of the gun saw. Pasco police officers know who he is, but haven’t been able to talk to him, officers said Wednesday afternoon.
“If the victim were to give officers an account of having the rounds directed at him, then assault charges could be considered,” Pasco police said in a Facebook post.
The two teens are being held in the Benton-Franklin Juvenile Detention Center on a 72-hour hold on one count each of second-degree unlawful possession of a gun. The shooter is facing an additional gross misdemeanor for unlawfully firing the gun.
Commissioner Jerri Potts ordered $5,000 bond for the alleged shooter and $3,000 for the other boy. Prosecutors have until Friday to decide whether to file charges.
If they get out, they are required to stay away from the 16-year-old.
Witnesses reported seeing one of the teens opening fire along the busy Pasco street around 3 p.m. The two teens then ran off into a fenced yard behind the nearby apartment building.
Police say the shooter handed the gun to his accomplice to hide, but officers discovered the Glock 9mm handgun after a short search. When they looked inside, they discovered 13 bullets in a 15-bullet magazine.
Police said they found shell casings in the area.
Pasco police said the 14-year-old boys have gang ties, but it’s unknown whether the shooting was gang-related.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Pasco police at 509-545-3421 or non-emergency dispatch at 509-628-0333.
Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402; Twitter: @cameroncprobert