Crime

Lakewood teenager shoots himself in groin during pot robbery attempt, documents say

A 16-year-old boy went to rob somebody during a marijuana deal late Friday in Lakewood, according to court records.

Instead, he went to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his groin.

Police responded to a 9:18 p.m. 911 report of someone screaming that they had shot themselves at 9330 59th Ave. SE, the records state.

Officers found the teenager with a gunshot wound through his left groin and left buttocks, and a robber mask nearby.

The teenager was taken to Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where a seven-hour operation repaired a fractured pelvis, fractured femur and severely damaged femoral artery, records state.

The teenager is being held on suspicion of committing first-degree robbery with a firearm sentencing enhancement and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Two people believed to be accomplices were arraigned Monday with first-degree robbery charges.

According to court documents:

The teenager set up a drug deal on Facebook with a friend. His friend met the dealer, who showed him the marijuana he wanted. The friend grabbed the bag and ran.

The dealer and the passenger from his car chased the friend about 50 yards before the teenager — wearing a mask and showing a handgun — showed up and asked, “What’s up?”

The dealer and passenger then ran toward their car.

The teenager went to put the gun back into his pants and the weapon fired a bullet through his leg.

The friend was arrested, along with another acquaintance of the teenager who allegedly took the marijuana and firearm from the scene. Police found the gun in University Place.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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