3 Teens Arrested in Seattle Homeless Shooting

Youngest suspect in deadly shooting is 13
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 2, 2016 2:03 AM CST
3 Teens Arrested in Seattle Homeless Shooting
Tents can be seen in the shadows at the site of the shooting.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Police have arrested three teenage boys in connection with a shooting at a Seattle homeless encampment that left two people dead and three others wounded. The suspects—ages 13, 16, and 17—were arrested Monday afternoon underneath an Interstate 90 off-ramp in Seattle, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole told reporters, per the AP. "There are no outstanding suspects that we're aware of," she said. Shooting erupted on the evening of Jan. 26 at a homeless encampment in the encampment known as "The Jungle." Police have said they believe the shooting stemmed from a low-level drug-dealing dispute and that the suspects and victims knew each other or at least knew of each other.

O'Toole said Monday night at a news conference that detectives worked around the clock to identify the suspects and that numerous scenes were searched, as well as a vehicle. She said police still believe at least two of the suspects fired weapons that night. The two people killed at the encampment have been identified as 45-year-old Jeannine L. Zapata and 33-year-old James Q. Tran. Both died of gunshot wounds. The three people wounded, ranging in age from 25 to 45, remained at the hospital Monday, with a man and woman in satisfactory condition, according to a Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman. She said the other woman wants to keep her condition private. (Read more Seattle stories.)

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