Boy held after trying to fire point-blank shots at another youth

A 17-year-old Beaverton boy was arrested Sunday night after police said he was involved in a confrontation that included gunshots.

The boy, who lives in the 13800 block of Southwest Farmington Road, was charged with two counts each of attempted murder, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing. He was turned over to Washington County's Juvenile Department.

Police were called to the area of Southwest Allen and Hall boulevards shortly before 11 p.m. after a witness reported hearing gunshots.

Officers found two 17-year-old boys who said they were leaving a convenience store when they were confronted by eight or nine other young men.

When they ran, someone in the group fired a handgun in their direction. One of the boys fell to the ground and a young man stood over him pulling the handgun's trigger several times.

The gun malfunctioned and was unable to fire bullets.

Police were able to find the young men who fled the area, arresting the 17-year-old who pulled the trigger.

Police believe the incident is gang-related. Washington County's Interagency Gang Enforcement Team helped find the youth.

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