Westfield shooting investigation continues in Tukwila; no arrests yet

Two Tukwila Police officers were working at the mall when the shooting occurred, arriving on scene within a minute, according to Tukwila Police Commander Eric Drever. Other offices responded within three minutes.

The investigation into the fight and shooting at Westfield Southcenter Monday evening was continuing Tuesday, with no arrests made, according to the Tukwila Police Department.

Four males in their mid to late teens were released Monday after questioning by Tukwila Police detectives.

A teenaged male involved in the fight received a minor gunshot wound to the hand and was treated by medics at the scene.

Detectives didn’t have a description of the shooter to release immediately, according to Tukwila Police Commander Eric Drever.

The mall wasn’t placed on lockdown, although a couple stores “may have been inconvenienced by our crime-scene tape that may have blocked access to their stores in order to protect the crime scene,” he said.

Also responding to the scene were law-enforcement personnel from Renton, Seattle, the Washington State Patrol and the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The Tukwila Police Department didn’t request assistance from outside agencies, but Drever said agencies listen to others’ frequencies and respond when there’s a call for a shooting.

“Each incident is gauged on its own specifics, as to determining the police resources needed,” he said. “This incident could have been handled by just the Tukwila officers; but, we are always grateful for the response from our neighboring agencies.”

Tukwila would respond in kind, he said.

Two Tukwila Police officers were working at the mall when the shooting occurred, arriving on scene within a minute, he said. Other offices responded within three minutes.


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