Crime

Lakewood teen pleads not guilty to shooting friend in face

A 17-year-old boy pleaded not guilty Friday to shooting his 13-year-old friend in the face near Lakewood earlier this week.

The boy was ordered held in the Remann Hall juvenile detention facility on charges of third-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, court records show.

The incident occurred Tuesday in a wooded area of Joint Base Lewis-McChord near the 15000 block of Woodbrook Drive Southwest.

Lakewood police dispatched to a call of a shooting found the 13-year-old boy bleeding from the face. He was taken to an area hospital and still was receiving treatment Friday.

The victim’s brother told investigators that he, his brother and the alleged shooter were walking together when he heard a gunshot.

He turned to see his brother on the ground and the 17-year-old with a gun in his hand, court records show.

The older boy ran off, the records state.

The 17-year-old allegedly told other witnesses he accidentally shot the victim, the records show.

He also tried to give a backpack containing bloody clothing and a handgun inside it to a friend, the records state.

The 17-year-old later told police he and the victim had passed the gun back and forth and that when it was handed back to him “he fidgeted with it and the gun went off,” records show.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644

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