EVERETT, Wash. — Police are searching for a man who shot four people at an Everett apartment complex Thursday morning.
Police responded to 120 West Casino Road at 2:45 a.m. and found the four victims inside an apartment.
All four victims were taken to the hospital. One victim suffered life-threatening injuries. The conditions of the three other victims are unknown.
"It's kinda scary," said neighbor Francine Hernandez. "You gotta watch your back all the time."
The suspect is described as a man with face tattoos. Officers spotted a man running from the apartment complex but said a K9 couldn’t catch him. Investigators took custody of several cars believed to be involved in the shooting.
A neighbor who asked not to be identified said the gunshots woke her up but said she went right back to sleep.
"Well, I mean, it's Casino Road," she said. "It's always the same thing, you know?"
That is the mentality the community is trying to wake up from. Casino Road in south Everett has been a trouble spot for as long as anyone there can remember.
Gangs and gun violence in the area have become normal, but that is changing.
A group called Connect Casino Road is remodeling and expanding a social service facility to create a "village" of sorts. The group’s goal is to strengthen families and keep more kids off the street.
"You see more families walking around now. Less running scared. It's a lot of change," explained activist Jorge Galindo.
Galindo said the change equates to just two shootings on Casino Road over the past two years, including Thursday's. But he said there is still much more work to be done.
"It feels good, but still, when you hear of four people getting shot it's discouraging," said Galindo.
Police said the creation of a Gang Response Unit is a major reason there has been less violence along Casino Road. The unit was developed by Mayor Cassie Franklin and Everett police.
Four officers patrol Casino Road each day. The officers go after gang members, execute search warrants to get guns off the streets and do outreach with at-risk kids. Since its inception two years ago, no gang-related shootings along Casino Road have been reported.
The motive for Thursday's shooting is still unknown, but police do not believe it was random.
Police said they have several leads and are interviewing witnesses and do not believe the public is in danger.