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Man, woman shot and injured July 4 in Kent on East Hill

Covington woman, 18, and Federal Way man, 21, shot; suspect or suspects remain at large

An 18-year-old Covington woman and 21-year-old Federal Way man were shot and injured Fourth of July night in Kent on the East Hill.

Officers were dispatched at about 10:30 p.m. to the area of 15200 SE 272nd Street in reference to multiple 911 calls of a shooting, according to a July 5 Kent Police statement. One 911 caller said that his girlfriend had been shot in the head. The shooting was just east of the city of Kent’s Fourth of July Splash at Lake Meridian Park.

Officers arrived and located a woman inside a vehicle. She was unresponsive, so the officers pulled her out and immediately began lifesaving measures including CPR and using an AED (automated external defibrillator). The officers were able to regain a pulse and Puget Sound Fire and medics arrived and took over medical care. The woman was airlifted to a local hospital. Her injuries are significant and life-threatening, according to police.

A Federal Way man was found a short distance away with a gunshot wound to his thigh. Officers provided immediate medical aid, and then carried the man to the medical personnel at the original scene. This victim was alert and conscious, according to police. He was also airlifted to a local hospital.

Witnesses reported seeing unknown persons involved in an argument near the victim vehicle just prior to the shooting, according to police. Initial information indicates that the victim vehicle may not have been involved in the argument.

The only suspect descriptions given were “young males seen running from the area,” according to police.

Kent Violent Crimes Detectives responded to the scene to gather evidence and interview witnesses. They also canvassed the surrounding homes and businesses for video. They are continuing to investigate to identify and locate the suspect(s).

If you have any evidence or information about this shooting, please contact Kent Police tip line at 253-856-5808 or email KPDTipLine@kentwa.gov. Reference Kent case No. 23-8731. Call 911 if you have suspect information or your tip is time sensitive.


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