EDMONDS, Wash. – An 18-year-old student who allegedly brandished a gun at Edmonds-Woodway High during lunch earlier in the day was taken into custody by Everett police Tuesday afternoon.
Police said he was being booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of second-degree assault. Police said the incident occurred in a restroom when the boy "aggressively" brandished the gun before other students.
Two students told authorities the suspect pulled a gun from his backpack, pointed it at the victim's head and pulled the trigger.
The gun was described as a black handgun and the suspect claimed it was real. Once the gun was recovered, police determined it to be an airsoft gun.
Edmonds police said just after 4 p.m. that the boy was in custody in north Everett. The gun was recovered later at a location in Everett.
Chief Compaan praised the actions of the students who first reported this; "I first want to recognize those brave students who came forward to report what they had seen on social media. Their actions allowed school and police officials to quickly work together and address this extreme safety concern. We will continue to partner with Edmonds-Woodway High School and the school district to address issues of public safety that I know are on the mind of every parent each day that their child goes to school."
The school was open on Wednesday, but with more officers present.