Man faces decades in prison in Everett Mall shooting

EVERETT, Wash. - An 11-time felon charged with four counts of second-degree assault and firearms charges faces decades in prison if convicted of firing a gun in July at the Everett Mall while trying to get away from security after shoplifting.

The Herald reports 26-year-old Charles F. Sprague III was charged Friday in Snohomish County Superior Court. Each of his charges carries the possibility of extra prison time because prosecutors say he was using the gun while on parole.

Prosecutors say Sprague and his girlfriend, Stephanie Boyle, were caught trying to steal clothing at the Macy's store. A fight started when store security guards confronted them.

Authorities say Sprague pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and allegedly bit one of the officers during a struggle for control of the weapon.

Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Ed Stemler says it's fortunate that when the gun went off, the bullet hit a door and not a person.

Sprague is being held on $250,000 bail.