Police still seek 13-year-old West Park shooter

A 13-year-old suspected shooter is still at large and “considered armed and dangerous,” said Sgt. Tim Lopez of the Bremerton Police Department Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Police are securing a warrant and believe the suspect is still in the area, he said. They know the identity of the youth, but have declined to release his name at this time.

Paramedics and police were dispatched to an apartment on Baer Boulevard in the West Park housing area at about 6:55 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2.

The victim, described as a 16-year-old Bremerton boy, was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was initially kept in the Intensive Care Unit, but has since been upgraded to “serious” and moved out of the ICU, according to Susan Gregg-Hanson, hospital spokeswoman.

A pair of small children — aged 3 and 5 — were present in the apartment when the suspect entered the residence on Baer and demanded money from the victim. The victim refused.

The shooter then pulled what appeared to be a .38-caliber semi-automatic weapon, according to police reports.

When the victim said, “I know you are not serious,” the suspect shot him once in the chest. The suspect took about $300 off a dresser before leaving, police said.

The suspect is described as a black male, age 13, about five-feet one-inch tall, 100 pounds or “skinny,” black hair in corn rows, brown eyes, and wearing a black beanie, black hooded sweat shirt and pants.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Robert Davis at the BPD at 478-5361.

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