16-Year-Old Suspect in Custody After Tragic Mall Shooting Claims the Life of 13-Year-Old Girl in Lynnwood

LYNNWOOD, WASHINGTON – A tragic incident unfolded at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington, resulting in the death of a 13-year-old girl named Jayda Woods-Johnson on Wednesday. The Lynnwood Police Department reported that Woods-Johnson was fatally shot during a fight that erupted at the mall.

Authorities have identified the suspect as a 16-year-old male from Edmonds, Washington, who was promptly taken into custody with the assistance of his mother. The suspect is expected to be charged with murder and will be booked into jail.

According to the police statement, the altercation took place near the mall’s food court involving two separate groups. However, Woods-Johnson was not part of either group and was tragically hit by a stray bullet during the confrontation.

As the investigation unfolds, law enforcement officials are actively searching for the firearm used in the shooting to piece together the events leading to Woods-Johnson’s untimely death.

This tragic incident underscores the urgent need for community efforts to address gun violence and prevent such senseless tragedies from occurring in the future. The community is left mourning the loss of a young life, as they grapple with the aftermath of this heartbreaking event.

As more details emerge from the investigation, authorities are urging anyone with information related to the incident to come forward and assist in bringing justice for Jayda Woods-Johnson and her grieving loved ones. The community stands in solidarity in mourning the loss of an innocent young soul, taken too soon in a senseless act of violence.