By Caleb Hutton
A 911 caller said she fractured her foot earlier this week when she ducked to hide from what she believed was a man wielding a shotgun near Carl Cozier Elementary School.
The suspect turned out to be a child toting a toy gun, but as Sara Geballe explained Thursday morning, June 21, she wasn’t the only one who was fooled. She was walking with her son when they saw what appeared to be a full-grown person wearing a bandanna and carrying a long-barrel gun near a gas station on Lakeway Drive.
They ducked out of view of the suspect as soon as possible, and in the process Gebelle injured her foot. When she got it examined later, she found her foot was fractured in three places.
Police swarmed the area and found a boy carrying a toy gun and heading to a swingset at Carl Cozier. An officer radioed that the boy appeared to be “playing cowboy.”
From a distance, Gebelle said, the gunman could have been 15 or 30 years old, or even older, because “it didn’t look like a young child, that’s for sure.”
In light of recent shootings in Seattle, she added, “you never know when somebody’s going to start shooting wildly.”
Gebelle hopes the parents of the kid are more aware of how people might react to seeing someone carrying a gun — fake or not — in public.
Edited Friday evening, June 22, in response to a comment about the third-to-last paragraph.