2 teens arrested in killing of Burien grandmother by stray bullet

51-year-old Gabriela Reyes Dominguez was struck and killed by a stray bullet at the chiropractic office she worked at in Burien. (KOMO News)

BURIEN, Wash. -- Two teen boys have been arrested as the suspected gunmen in a shooting that claimed the life of a receptionist at a Burien chiropractic office.

Deputies say their two suspects, both 17, opened fire from a car on 152nd Street Wednesday evening, apparently targeting on a 39-year-old man who had just picked up his 15-year-old son on foot from Highline High School, according to Sgt. Ryan Abbott with King County Sheriff's Office.

The bullets missed their targets, but one stray bullet fatally struck 51-year-old Gabriela Reyes Dominguez, who was at the chiropractic clinic.

Detectives received tips after the shooting that led them to identify the suspects' car, which was found to be outside a home in the 12200 block of Ambaum Blvd. SW SWAT teams went there Wednesday night and arrested both suspects as they left the home.

"Both suspects are in custody for the senseless murder of our victim here," Abbott said.

Both teens were members of a local gang, Abbott said.

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Meanwhile, friends and coworkers gathered in front of the office to remember Reyes Dominguez, who had worked at the business for over 20 years.

"She was like our mom," said coworker Lesley Delgadillo through tears. "She did everything at this clinic. It's very hard to express what she did, because she did everything."

Coworkers said Reyes Dominguez was married with three adult children and four grandchildren.

"Always being so kind, taking care of everyone here," Delgadillo said. "She was such an amazing person. She was just everything."

Abbott said there are no other suspects outstanding. Originally there were reports of four suspects, but further investigation showed only two gunmen were involved.

"They deserve to be put in jail for that," Delgadillo said. "It's very hard to know we're not safe anywhere."

A GoFundMe page has been started to help the family of Reyes Dominguez. You can donate here.

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