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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Juvenile's injury not life threatening after shooting

Bellevue Police detectives worked throughout the night trying to determine how and why the shooting of a 12-year-old occurred. 

An argument over a video game turned tragic after the 16-year-old brother shot his 12-year-old brother in the face.  The two were arguing about the use of a video game.  They began wrestling around when the 16-year-old pulled out an automatic handgun and shot his brother. 9-1-1 was called immediately by a family member. 

Medics and police officers arrived and the victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center. His brother was taken to the Bellevue Police Department for questioning.

Detectives learned through interviewing the 16-year-old, that he illegally purchased the gun in December for protection and status. He claims to have gang affiliations.  He admitted shooting his brother, but said he was just trying to frighten him.  He pointed the gun and it went off, striking his brother in the mouth.

Both brothers attend Bellevue School District schools. The 16-year-old was booked in King County Youth Center on Attempted Manslaughter 1. 

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