Gun in 'unintentional' shooting of 14-year-old boy was stolen, police say

KOMO News file photo shows police investigating at the shooting scene on Aug. 14.

SEATTLE - The gun used in the "unintentional" shooting of a 14-year-old boy in Burien was stolen, authorities say, and the 16-year-old boy accused of firing it is now charged with first-degree manslaughter.

Newly released court documents show that the 16-year-old, identified in the court file as Jonathan Daniel Edward Anderson, is charged as an adult in King County Superior Court.

The shooting unfolded on the evening of Aug. 14 in the detached garage of a home in the 12600 block of 12th Avenue South, said Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the King County Sheriff's Office.

A preliminary investigation found that Anderson was recklessly handling a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol while smoking marijuana, according to the court file. The gun went off, hitting Anderson's 14-year-old friend in the head. The 14-year-old was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he died of his injuries.

Abbott classified the shooting as "unintentional" rather than "accidental."

An investigation found that the firearm was stolen and that someone had attempted to obliterate the serial number, court documents say. Although Anderson was generally cooperative with detectives and genuinely remorseful about the shooting, he refused to say where he had gotten the gun, the court file says.

A search warrant later found two more firearms - a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and a .22 caliber pistol - in Anderson's bedroom at his home, according to the case file. The guns were wedged between his bed and nightstand.

In addition to first-degree manslaughter, Anderson is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors are seeking bail of $100,000.

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