Shorecrest HS teen dies in double shooting

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 16 at 7:16 PM

SHORELINE, Wash. -- Students at two Shoreline high schools learned that two of their classmates had been shot overnight in a normally quiet Shoreline neighborhood. One of them died from her injuries, while the other is hospitalized.

Students at Shorecrest High School learned Wednesday morning that classmate Tiana Montgomery, 17, had been shot and killed. Her 18-year-old cousin Darrol Edwards, a senior at Shorewood High School, is at Harborview Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds.

"The teacher sat everyone down and read the announcement and my heart just fell," said Maria Hernandez, a senior at Shorecrest.

"A lot of people really liked Tiana. She had a lot of friends, so a lot of people were crying today," said Preston Landon, senior.

Montgomery and Edwards were sitting in a car at the Maplewood Court Apartments in the 300 block of Richmond Beach Road just after midnight when unknown suspects opened fire.

"There were several - probably four to five - gunshots and a woman screaming," said Daniel Blizzard, witness.

Both Montgomery and Edwards were injured with gunshot wounds, and the back window of their SUV had been shot out. The two called 911 as they drove themselves to the Shoreline Police Department.

Police stopped their vehicle at 185th Street and Aurora. The victims were immediately put in an ambulance and taken to Harborview Medical Center. Montgomery died from her injuries before 5:00 a.m.

Family members said Edwards was shot seven times, but survived. The most serious injury he has is a bullet near his spine.

Edwards' family spent a frantic day at Harborview. They said he was excited about attending the University of Washington next year.

"He's a good kid. He's a good guy. He didn't deserve what happened to him. No one deserved it," said Jeffrey Malone, Edwards' uncle.

Police were still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. There was no word on a motive or any suspect information.

Meanwhile, students planned to gather at Richmond Beach at 8 p.m. Wednesday to show support for their classmates and remember Montgomery.

"She always had a smile on her face and always tried to make people smile," said a classmate. "She'd always had the funniest jokes I've ever heard in my life and now I won't be able to hear them."

The Shoreline School District issued a statement on the incident, calling it a "huge shock to our entire community." To read the entire statement, click here.

 

KING 5's Elisa Hahn, Liza Javier and Lindsay Chamberlain contributed to this report.

 

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