Investigators work the scene after a security officer opened fire on a 15 year-old boy outside the Food and Drug Administration's Pacific Regional Laboratory Northwest on Friday, February 8, 2013 in Bothell. Officers were working to determine what happened and were interviewing students next door at the Northshore School District Secondary Academy for Success. Photo: JOSHUA TRUJILLO / SEATTLEPI.COM

BOTHEL — A security guard opened fire on a 15-year-old boy at a Food and Drug Administration facility in Bothell early Friday, according to police.

Bothell Police Captain Denise Langford said it was not immediately clear why the guard fired at the boy about 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the FDA’s Pacific Regional Laboratory Northwest.

The teenager got into a car after the shooting and crashed into another vehicle about a mile away, Langford said.

Contrary to initial information from police at the scene, it was not clear if the boy was actually wounded in the shooting. Lanford said the boy suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital where he was expected to recover.

People who were in the area at the time of the shooting said they heard multiple gunshots, and tire tracks could been seen leading from the street in front of the building and across a grassy median.

Northshore School District’s Secondary Academy for Success was placed in a modified lockdown due to the nearby police activity.

Langford said the guard who fired at the boy is employed by a company contracted by the FDA to provide security at the laboratory, which is at 22201 23rd Drive S.E.