12 crows shot, killed in suspected animal cruelty cases in Mountlake Terrace


by Michelle Esteban, KOMO News ReporterMonday, May 3rd 2021AAPolice believe one person has shot and killed at least a dozen crows in the city. (KOMO)https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.453.0_en.html#goog_1072611284Volume 90% Police believe one person has shot and killed at least a dozen crows in the city. (KOMO)

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MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash. — A disturbing rash of suspected animal cruelty cases in Mountlake Terrace.

Police believe one person has shot and killed at least a dozen crows in the city. Authorities said they are very close to recommending charges.

That’s a big relief to the community, because the worry is for the bird’s safety and more.

“I’m scared this guy is going to miss some day and hurt somebody,” said Eileen Wood-Lim outside her Mountlake Terrace home today.

Since February, Mountlake Terrace Police said at least 12 crows have been shot and killed in the city limits – all in the middle of the day.

Two home security videos shared by police and captured by worried residents show the same red truck multiple residents have reported seeing in the areas of multiple shootings. Police identified that same truck and its driver as their suspect.

“You can’t see person very well who’s shooting but you see crow fall out of the sky,” said Commander Pat Lowe referring to one of the videos.https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.453.0_en.html#goog_1072611282Volume 90% Authorities are searching for a suspected crow killer in Mountlake Terrace. (KOMO)

He said they believe there could be as many as 20 cases of crow shootings in Mountlake Terrace alone. Twelve are active and there are dozens of other unconfirmed reports on social media in the surrounding areas, from Brier to unincorporated Snohomish said Commander Lowe.

“I’m just horrified,” said Wood-Lim, standing in her driveway. She was home Monday during her lunch break from work.

One of those crows fell to its death March 4 in her driveway. She was home working, heard two shots, a thump and then the loud shriek from a cluster of crows.

“I love crows and to have somebody shooting them and have it happen right in my driveway made me upset,” Wood-Lim said.

Her worry is exactly why Mountlake Terrace Police have worked nonstop to track the crow killer

“If you take someone who will be so brazen do out in broad daylight and shoot out in public that’s pretty scary cause those bullets have to go somewhere,” Lowe said.

Lowe said the same red truck seen outside Eileen’s house on her doorbell camera is the same truck captured in multiple videos by others residents and turned over to police as evidence.

You can’t make out the driver in Eileen’s video but you can see what looks like a long gun. Police think it might be a high caliber pellet gun or even a 22. caliber rifle, but that’s still under investigation.

“It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that if someone is doing that with a crow, and then they’re upset with a pet dog, or pet cat or a child,” Lowe said.

Through an anonymous tip, police tracked down the truck’s owner.

Police said the Mountlake Terrace man agreed to let them see his truck to rule him out as a suspect, but kept rescheduling.

Eventually, Lowe said they found the truck at a nearby dealership and that the man sold it and didn’t tell them. Inside police found possible evidence.

We asked police since they made contact with the man who they consider a suspect, what’s happened with the shootings.

“It’s stopped,” Lowe said. “It’s the main thing we wanted to stop the shootings.”

Police said they are confident the truck’s owner is behind all the crowing killings and they will recommend charges be filed very soon.

Possible charges, may include shooting a firearm in the city and animal cruelty-related charges but police are still determining charges and are working with the state Fish and wildlife agency.

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