Update: Renton child shot on Memorial Day with air gun pellet

Police seek more information from public. The child is now at home expected to make a full recovery.

An 8-year-old boy who suffered a suspicious injury is now at home and expected to make a full recovery. His injury has also been identified as a .177 pellet, typically projected from an air gun.

On Memorial Day at Riverview Park on Maple Valley Highway, the child was shot sometime between 6 and 6:30 p.m. It remains unknown if this was an accidental act, but police are now distributing flyers around the nearby neighborhood looking for information.

On May 27, the child’s parents were getting ready to leave when his mother noticed him behaving abnormally, according to a Renton Police Department press release. She then discovered a wound on the child’s side.

The mother told police she heard a “pop” that she assumed was fireworks before noticing her son’s injury.

The child was taken to Overlake Hospital, where staff called Bellevue Police Department believing the injury was caused by gunshot. He was then transferred to Harborview Medical Center.

Harborview staff then worked with Renton officers to determine the cause of the injury.

There are no reports of gunfire in the area at the time, according to the press release. This does not appear to be related to the shooting at Seattle’s Pritchard Island Beach Park, where a woman and two children were injured, according to police.

Renton Police Department are asking those with information to contact Detective Jarratt at 425-430-7526 or tjarratt@rentonwa.gov if you have any questions. The case is No. 19-5888.

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