A 13-year-old Washington boy is facing criminal charges for allegedly fatally shooting a complete stranger on Tuesday.
Citing the King County Sheriff’s Office, KOMO reports that Hassan Ali Hassan died two days after he was shot while walking down the street in Burien. Detectives said the teen followed Hassan for a block before brandishing a gun and shooting Hassan in the back of his head as he walked away.
Authorities said surveillance footage helped them identify and locate the 13-year-old murder suspect. After allegedly shooting Hassan, the suspect was reportedly spotted running to a friend’s house and fleeing before the friend could open the door. The friend ultimately identified the suspect to police, according to KOMO.
The 13-year-old reportedly lived with his ex-girlfriend. The homeowner allegedly confirmed the boy wasn’t home at the time of the shooting and that her gun was missing.
KING reported that police arrested the suspect on April 24 as he walked down a street in Renton. The boy confessed to shooting Hassan — claiming he did it because “he was depressed and felt like if he didn’t kill someone he would kill himself and because he ‘just felt like doing it,'” court documents stated.
The 13-year-old was booked into the King County Youth Services Center on suspicion of murder charges. The Seattle Times reported that he hasn’t been formally charged as of Monday.
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