Washington 13-year-old arrested for shooting man in the back of the head, because he ‘just felt like doing it’


BURIEN, WA – Police in Washington state arrested a 13-year-old boy after he allegedly admitted to shooting a man in the back of the head because he “felt like doing it.” The chilling act was said to have happened on April 21st, not far from the Highline Performing Arts Center.

Court documents revealed the seemingly random act of violence that took the life of 35-year-old Hassan Ali Hassan. The victim was apparently walking down the sidewalk along South 152nd Street, when the unidentified teenage suspect spotted him.

The 13-year-old boy then began to follow Hassan, and produced a gun, firing a round into the back of the victim’s head.

Residents who were nearby when the act transpired called police while the teenage suspect made his way through an apartment complex, arriving at a friend’s house. The suspect was said to have knocked on the friend’s window, but then bolted again after sirens began to sound nearby.

As for the home where the teenage suspect resided, the homeowner stated that the boy had been missing since the morning of the 21st. She also stated that her handgun was missing.

The victim passed away from his gun shot wound two days later while at Harborview Medical Center. Police located the teen in Renton on April 24th and brought him into custody. According to court documents, the teenage suspect openly admitted to police about the shooting:

“He admitted to shooting the victim 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.’”

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Sgt. Ryan Abbott of the King County Sheriff’s Office touched on the all-around troubling nature of this criminal investigation:

“It’s really sad when you think about it. Just the entire picture. Somebody’s life was taken, a 35 year-old-male, and just the fact that the suspect is 13-years-old it is very tragic. Everything that we know so far, it does not appear that they know each other.”

The juvenile was booked into the Youth Service Center under charges of murder.

Washington state has had it’s share of issues related to crime and also convicted criminals during the era of COVID-19. Earlier in the month of April, a state prison was on the brink of a serious riot due to convicts clamoring about the pandemic. 

COVID-19 has been causing hysteria in all sorts of forms and venues, so it was only a matter of time before the hysterics hit a prison yard. Reports indicate that the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington State was on the brink of inmates rioting toward the onset of April.

Over 100 inmates were reported as having threatened to take correctional staff hostage and begin setting fires within an MCC housing unit on April 8th. This is apparently all stemming from two inmates inside the housing unit having recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Corrections issued the following statement regarding the events as they were unfolding:

“All measures to bring individuals into compliance were ignored including verbal directives, pepper (OC) spray and sting balls, which release light, noise, and rubber pellet.”

Having lived through the experience of prison myself, this kind of display is what we called on the yard “popping off.”

The grim reality is, with any prison, keeping the proverbial waters calm with the inmate population is extremely important. While there’s a handful of “Monday night quarterbacks” that may toss flippant advice on “how to control inmates,” ask any correctional officer who has been working a yard for some time.

Correctional officers will tell you that it’s not as easy as it looks. In this instance, they had to get additional authorities to assist in controlling the situation.

The Washington State Patrol responded alongside the Monroe Police to help get the situation under control. Thankfully, no one was harmed during the ordeal and the unit was restored to normalcy by 9:00 p.m. on April 9th.

Authorities did state that the two inmates who recently tested positive in the MCC unit were isolated, along with the other 111 inmates stated to be involved with the incident for precautionary measures.



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