West Park shooter, 13, surrenders at Dairy Queen

The 13-year-old suspect in a recent West Park shooting turned himself over to authorities Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The juvenile, who police declined to identify, surrendered through a third party to Detective Robbie Davis and Sgt. Tim Lopez at 9 a.m. at the Dairy Queen on Kitsap Way, said Davis.

The third party, who police also declined to identify, contacted BPD detectives Monday to negotiate the surrender.

The shooting occurred Sunday, Dec. 2. Paramedics and police were dispatched to an apartment on Baer Boulevard in the West Park housing area just before 7 p.m.

A pair of small children — aged 3 and 5 — were present in the apartment when the suspect entered the residence and demanded money from the victim. When the victim refused, saying “I know you are not serious,” the suspect shot him once in the chest with a .380 semi-automatic pistol, said police. The suspect took about $300 off a dresser before leaving.

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. His condition improved and he was released on Dec. 6.

Davis said the 13-year-old suspect was to be formally charged with first-degree assault and first-degree robbery in Kitsap County Juvenile Court on Dec. 12.

The youth was formerly a resident of Bremerton, but was currently a transient, said police.

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