A shooting this afternoon in Burien left a small-caliber bullet or pellet lodged in the side of a 14-year-old girl who was walking home with friends.
The eighth-grade St. Francis of Assisi School student is in good condition at Harborview Medical Center after the attack, which happened around 3:45 p.m. on the 16600 block of 21st Avenue Southwest, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The girl told detectives she heard a pop and then the bullet or pellet entered her side. According to a letter from a school principal on the B-Town Blog, the girl stayed calm and was able to talk about what happened after the shooting. She was initially taken to Highline Medical Center and then transferred to Harborview to have the object removed.
“The shooting was entirely random,” Principal Rosemary Leifer said in the e-mail she sent to parents. “The boys who were with her said that the shot came from the passenger side of a red car.”
Sgt. Cindi West said detectives have not been able to confirm where the shot came from.
In her e-mail, Leifer encouraged parents to have children driven to school until detectives find out more about the attack.