16-year-old boy committed drive-by shooting while his 2-year-old son was sitting in the back seat


Drive-by shooter (illustration) 
By: Wayne Morin

A boy was arrested after being accused of committing a drive-by shooting while his son was in the back seat of the car, according to police in Washington.

The Seattle Police Department said that after stopping a 16-year-old driver following a drive-by shooting outside a South Seattle community center on Tuesday night, police found a handgun on the back seat of the car next to a toddler strapped into a car seat.

Around 4:30 p.m., bike patrol officers working near Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street, heard gunshots in the vicinity of the Rainier Beach Community Center.

As they pedaled to the scene, the officers saw a grey Buick sedan driven by the 16-year-old suspect, speeding away from the scene.

Police stopped the Buick near Seward Park Avenue South and South Fisher Place, and took the driver into custody.

Officers found a handgun in the back seat of the car, and took custody of the two-year-old boy, before turning him over to his grandmother.

Officers also interviewed and released two female passengers, a 22 year old and a 17 year old. Officers booked the 16-year-old driver into the Youth Service Center.

No one was injured in the incident.