A 9-year-old boy is in recovery after he was shot during an apparent road rage shooting on Nov. 11. Washington State Patrol (WSP) says the suspect is still at large.
The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon on State Route 167 near Grady Way and Rainier Avenue in Renton. The boy, Isaiah Johns, was shot in the mouth and chest. He was transported to Harborview Medical Center and is expected to recover after the bullets were removed from the back of his neck and his chest, according to officials.
A GoFundMe titled “Please help Isaiah with his long road of recovery” has been created to help raise money for Johns. According to the GoFundMe page, Johns is now able to breath on his own. His recovery will include being on a feeding tube for several weeks and he should be able to return home once the feeding tube is removed. Johns will also have a plate in his jaw for three months, according to the page.
Police have not released any details about the circumstances that led to the shooting. A witness who spoke with KIRO 7 said that the suspect jumped out of his vehicle — a blue Ford Mustang — and appeared to be fighting with the driver of the car the boy was in.
The witness, who was the one who called 911, also told KIRO 7 that they heard a popping sound before the suspect fled from the scene on Southwest Grady Way, heading towards Carr Street in Renton.
STILL AT LARGE
The suspect is still at large and WSP has released a photo of the dark blue Mustang convertible, which has white writing on the lower portion of the windshield. WSP asks that anyone who sees the suspect’s vehicle to call 911.
Detectives are seeking witnesses to the road rage incident and ask that anyone with photographs or videos that could be helpful to the investigation be sent to the QR code provided by WSP or to contact Detective Early at email@example.com.