BELLEVUE – Bellevue Police early this morning arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a shooting Sunday that left an 18-year-old man injured. The suspect was arrested and booked for first-degree assault, possession of stolen property (firearm) and possession of a handgun by a minor after being released from the hospital, where he was treated for injuries sustained in the altercation.
At approximately 3:12 a.m., Sunday, police responded to a report of a disturbance involving gunshots in front of an apartment complex in the 14500 block of Southeast 24th Street. Officers arrived and secured the scene within minutes, but the shooter and most of the other individuals involved had fled.
Witness statements indicate that the two males knew each other and had previous conflicts. Early Sunday morning the suspect observed the victim’s vehicle in Eastgate and followed him to a Lake Hills apartment complex. He then reportedly confronted the victim in the parking lot.
The exact sequence of events is still under investigation, but at one point the suspect allegedly fired at least five shots with a .22-caliber pistol, two of which struck the victim in the arm. The victim struck the suspect with a baseball bat, which was later recovered at the scene. The suspect and victim both list addresses in Bellevue, but neither lived at the apartments where the incident took place. Both men departed in their respective vehicles and eventually made their way to local hospitals.
The handgun used in the assault was later determined to have been stolen. Detectives are still working with witnesses and the involved parties, and examining evidence from the crime scene.
Firearm crimes remain rare in Bellevue. This is only the second known shooting in Bellevue this year, with two other incidents in which shots were reportedly fired and no one was injured.
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