Police: Man targeting ex-girlfriend shoots up wrong house

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- Officers believe a 23-year-old man was targeting his ex-girlfriend when he mistakenly fired two shotgun blasts into the wrong house, according to the Mount Vernon Police Department.

A Mount Vernon resident returned to his home in the 5300 block of Wellspring Road shortly after 5:20 a.m. Monday and discovered his garage door had been damaged by two gunshots.

No one was home during the shooting, and the victim couldn't think of anyone who would want to harm him.

According to police, a neighbor heard the shots around 2:30 a.m. and saw a white Volvo station wagon driving off.

A woman told officers her ex-boyfriend drives a car matching that description. She said they had broken up, and she recently filed a police report over his harassing text messages and threats to change her social-media passwords.

According to police, officers developed information that put the woman's ex-boyfriend in the area 15 minutes before the shooting and found a shotgun and shells inside his Kent home.

The suspect was arrested at his workplace in Pacific on Monday evening. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of drive-by shooting.