Crime

1 dead, 1 critical in apparent drive-by shooting in Auburn

A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot, and his father suffered life-threatening injuries in a drive-by shooting Tuesday afternoon in Auburn, according to Auburn police.

The boy died at the scene, and his 41-year-old father was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, said police Cmdr. Steve Stocker.

The shooting happened around 5 p.m. as the father and his two sons sat with some belongings at a bus stop at 17th and B streets Southeast in a neighborhood off A Street, Stocker said. It was unclear why the three were using the bus stop because there’s no route that goes there, and it’s in a construction zone, he said.

The younger, uninjured son, who witnessed the shooting, was being questioned by police. The family apparently lives in the area.

“Right now, this is an awful situation, especially for this neighborhood,” Stocker said.

Investigators don’t yet know whether the victims and shooter or shooters know each other, but it appears the 17-year-old approached the car. Stocker said there may have been some kind of dispute before the shooting.

One witness described the suspect vehicle as a black or dark-green Acura, Stocker said.

There were two people in the car: The driver was described as an Asian male and his passenger was described as either a black female or an Asian male with long hair, he said.

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