Adult charges in Snohomish drive-by shooting that targeted teen
SNOHOMISH — An ongoing “beef” between two Snohomish teens, former schoolmates at Snohomish High School, culminated in violence.
Court documents revealed the harrowing details of the July 6 car arson and July 7 drive-by shooting in a neighborhood northeast of Blackmans Lake, the latter allegedly committed by five teenagers being charged as adults.
Two of them are Snohomish boys, Jaden Nathanael McDougall, 18, and Hayden Cross Baus, 17. They are the only two who fired the shots.
The other three, 17-year-old Joseph Evol Fenner, and 18-year-olds Kristopher Oliver Peterson and Brandon Robert Davis, are from Everett.
Police peg Baus as the ringleader who allegedly lit up a Cadillac with fireworks. One night later, Baus and his friends did the drive-by shooting. He pleaded not guilty
at a hearing last week.
Both events targeted another Snohomish teen, 18,
who lived at the residence
with his parents and siblings. No one was injured.
However, those bullets lodged themselves far and wide.
A wall behind an occupied baby crib. An occupied four-poster bed. A shed and an above-ground pool. A fence.
Bullets piercing the once-peaceful scenario, shattering the night, and shaking the neighborhood.
The parents of the targeted teen were still aghast the following day at learning that a few of the bullets the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office’s Ballistics Unit collected were found lodged in their neighbor’s four-poster bed, and the wall holding their baby’s crib. Both beds were occupied when the bullets hit.
“I’m just – I’m really sorry this happened, man, I can’t believe it. Your family doesn’t deserve….” the boy’s father Eric Miller, crouched near the bullet hole-smattered fence talking into his cell phone, said into the phone to his neighbor, whose house had just been occupied by
sheriff’s office ballistics investigators for hours.
“I think they had a grudge against my son,” Miller said to the Tribune. It was the later morning of the shooting and aftermath. Miller said he was tired, but he believed what his son told him about the social media messages gloating
over the car fire and calling him out to fight. The father knew, he said, that his son
was not like them, and not willing to engage in that
He believes they shot at
their family home as a result.
Two guns were used in the shooting — an AR-15-style .223-caliber semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Baus had the pistol, McDougall had the
Davis was driving; Peterson and Fenner, who both sat in the backseat and did not fire weapons, waived their rights and confessed details.
The motive of this crime was ego.
Baus’s actions were outlined on social media to a limited extent after the Cadillac firework arson.
“…been trying to link with (your) bitch ass don’t act hard on (Facebook) I just (expletive) (your) (expletive)
up and (you) still doing nothing but talk…” Baus messaged to the targeted
teen on Facebook, a court affidavit notes. To link is slang for having a fight. “All talk. (You) just got (your) car blown up. Do something…
Not even (going to) link after someone blow (your) car up.”
After these messages were sent, the following night, Baus and friends returned to the teen’s house, the driveway
containing the burnt-out Cadillac, and sprayed bullets.
After the shooting, the teens sped off toward Baus’ residence as their intended destination to get rid of the “hot” guns, but the five were met by police at his house and arrested.
The detectives investigating the arson had been running surveillance on Baus’ residence in Snohomish when the drive-by occurred. Baus had been identified as the prime suspect. They had already been waiting for him as he headed home.
Baus said not a word to the police when they arrested him and drove him to the Denney Juvenile Justice Center, but when they told him he was being booked for
first-degree assault, court documents say his immediate response was, “Did I hit anybody?”
The bullet holes marked by sheriff’s ballistics personnel could’ve set a different narrative to the scenario: The beds. The wall. The fence.
The shed, sometimes used as a hang-out area for the Millers, the pool oftentimes occupied during the summer.
“Thankfully, no was hurt, by some miracle, we weren’t out swimming late, or hanging out in the shed. My neighbors, they were asleep in their beds and the bullets didn’t hit them…” Miller said, shaking his head. “It’s all very unnerving. People can make mistakes, we all did stupid stuff when we were young, like toilet paper rolls or eggs to get at an enemy’s house at their age, but these boys, not men, took it to a potentially
deadly level. Not like this. Never could I have thought like this at their age, not like this.”
According to the probable cause documents from a detective, the guns associated with Baus “may have gang affiliations.” When arresting deputies recovered the 9mm pistol from Baus, they found the serial number distorted or ground off.
Baus has two prior juvenile misdemeanor assaults from 2015 as well as arrests for second-degree robbery in 2016, fourth-degree assault in 2016 and a second-degree theft arrest in 2014. This is his first recorded felony. His bail was previously set at $10,000 in juvenile court, but the county Prosecuting Attorney’s office has
requested bail be increased to $100,000 and have him tried as an adult. A jury trial for him is scheduled for Sept. 1 in Snohomish County Superior Court.
The felony dismissal
date for McDougall is July 28, when the state will file in Superior Court.
Documents on the other three in the car were not yet available at press time.
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