Man shot in gun battle with mother of his child in Auburn

AUBURN, Wash. -- An Auburn neighborhood turned into a shooting gallery Wednesday morning that ended with three arrests, a wounded man and a gun in the pocket of a 5-year-old boy.

A man in his 30s was wounded after getting into a gun fight with the mother of his 5-year-old child, who witnessed the entire melee.

Detectives don't know what prompted the the shooting, but they say the gunshot victim was parked in the driveway of his ex-girlfriend's house with their young son in the back seat.

As father and son sat in the car, police say the ex-girlfriend and two other men pulled up to the house and fired multiple gunshots.

The father returned fire, and moments later everyone involved sped away from the scene. The gunshot victim stopped a few blocks away, and when officers approached his car, they found a gun in the 5-year-old's pocket.

Police later found and arrested the ex-girlfriend and two other men in a local parking lot.

While the father was the only person injured in the shooting, neighbors reported hearing plenty of shots ring out. Les Alexander was inside his friend's living room when the shooting began.

"I flip back and hear a 'pop,'" he said.

A bullet went through the fence, into a window and hit a television, narrowly missing Alexander.

"I heard the first shot then the TV fizzled out," said Cliff Grace, who lives at the home.

The two men ran outside to see what was going on, but only saw a car backing out of the driveway. Detectives arrived a short time later and removed the television, which will be used as evidence in the case.

"I'm kind of mad about my TV, (but) at least my friend didn't get shot though," Grace said.

The 5-year-old boy was not injured and is now with relatives.