8th Grade Student Shot While Walking Home from St. Francis School Monday
An 8th grade female student of Burien’s St. Francis of Assisi School was shot while walking home from school in the 16600 block of 21st Ave SW (map below) Monday afternoon, March 18.
The student, who was struck in the side with either a pellet or small caliber bullet, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and is in stable condition.
According to Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office:
About 3:45 p.m. we responded to the 16600 block of 21st Ave SW in Burien.
A 14 year old girl was walking home with at least 1 other student.
They heard a pop and she had been shot in the side with either a pellet or possibly a small caliber bullet.
The pellet lodged near her stomach.
She was initially taken to Highline Hospital and transferred to Harborview. She is in good condition.
The kids reported a red car in the area but we have not been able to confirm that the shot came from the car.
Here’s a letter that was sent out to parents from St. Francis Principal Rosemary Leifer:
Today one of our eighth graders was shot as she and two other students walked home from school. The police reported that an object (a bullet or a pellet) entered the side of her torso. The officer said she was calm and able to talk about what happened. She is in stable condition and on her way to Harborview so that the object can be removed.
I talked with the girl’s mom and she wanted to make sure that parents knew what happened as soon as possible. The shooting was entirely random. It happened on 21st Ave SW about ten blocks from school near the student’s home. The boys who were with her said that the shot came from the passenger side of a red car. The police are investigating the incident.
Until we know more I would encourage you to drive or arrange for your children to be driven to and from school. Please drop-off and pick-up your children in the carpool area. Please do not have your children meet you in front of or across from the school at the minimart on 21st Ave SW. They should stay on the playground.
Thank you for your help with this. We all want to keep our children safe. I know that your prayers go out with mine for the victim and her family.
Peace and blessings,
As we learn more details about this incident, we’ll update this post, so check back…