Updated at 5:13 p.m. Tuesday with news release from Lynnwood Police Department
Four Edmonds School District Schools in west Lynnwood — Beverly and Meadowdale elementary schools and Meadowdale Middle School and Meadowdale High School — were locked down for 20 minutes Tuesday afternoon as Lynnwood police searched for a suspect in a shooting in the 5600 block of 168th Street Southwest.
According to Lynnwood police, a shotgun went off following an argument in an apartment complex. Three people hit by shotgun pellets weren’t seriously hurt, although medics took one of the victims to a local hospital.
Edmonds School District spokesperson D.J. Jakala said all four schools were in lockdown from 1:20-1:40 p.m. “We sent voicemails specifically to MHS families saying the road closures would possibly result in bus delays,” Jakala said in an email. A joint message was also sent to Beverly and Meadowdale Elementary families “letting them know their kids were safe and the lockdown was precautionary because the incident involved gunshots which heightened parent concerns,” she added.
Here’s the news release issued by the Lynnwood Police Department late Tuesday afternoon:
Lynnwood Police are investigating after a shotgun discharged, injuring three people, during a heated argument between several people just after 1 p.m. today. The dispute occurred outside of a small apartment complex in the 5600 block of 168th St. SW in Lynnwood.
Here’s the news release:
A 43-year-old Lynnwood woman has been arrested and booked for investigation of assault in the first degree after a call came in that three people had been hit by shrapnel and/or some of the pellets from a shotgun blast.
Several other people ranging in age from early 20s to late 30s were also detained and interviewed by police.
One person, an adult female, was transported to Edmonds Swedish Hospital for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries to her leg. The other two people who were hit were evaluated by Lynnwood Fire Department Aid Crews for minor injuries and declined transport. (The ages and hometowns of these three adults aren’t available at this time.)
While the nature of the dispute is still under investigation, it appears that this has been an ongoing disagreement between a few people who live in the area.
Because the incident occurred very near four different schools, Beverly Elementary, Meadowdale High, Meadowdale Middle and Meadowdale Elementary schools were all placed on lockdown status as a precautionary measure as police sorted out what had actually occurred.
The busy 168th Street SW was also closed both directions for about a half hour during the initial response.
Police continue to actively investigate this incident.
And here’s the latest update from the City of Lynnwood, at 5:53 p.m.:
The three people who were hurt when a shot gun discharged this afternoon in Lynnwood:
A 46-year-old Lynnwood woman was transported to Edmonds Swedish Hospital with non-life threatening injuries to her leg.
The other two people who had minor injuries from pellets and/or shrapnel from the gun shot discharge were a 21 year-old Lynnwood man and a 21 year-old Renton man. Both of them were evaluated by Lynnwood Fire Department aid crews and declined transport to the hospital.