A woman was killed and a man seriously injured during a shooting inside a four-plex on Tacoma’s East Side early today.
Now, detectives are trying to figure out why the victims were attacked and who was responsible. No arrests have been made.
The four-plex has been taped off and investigators were canvassing the neighborhood to learn more. Homicide detectives were waiting for a search warrant before going back into the top-floor unit where the shooting took place, Tacoma police spokesman Thomas Williams reported.
The 23-year-old man, who was shot multiple times in the pelvis, was taken to Tacoma General Hospital and was being treated for his serious injuries, Williams reported.
The 29-year-old woman was shot in the arm, neck and chest. She too was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, where she died in surgery, Williams reported. Her name has not yet been released.
The victims had been staying at the apartment unit in the 4400 block of East R Street for the past five to six days, Williams said.
The renters returned to the fourplex just after 4 a.m. and found the man and woman shot multiple times. The man told the people he’d been shot and the renters called 911 at 4:07 a.m., Williams said.
Officers arrived at the unit one minute later and found the victims in the living room area. Two children – described as a toddler and infant – were asleep in another room and not injured in the shooting, Williams said.
Arriving officers set up containment around the four-plex. The beige building with red trim is now blocked off by yellow police tape. The building sits at the corner of East R and East 46th streets.
Detectives were interviewing the renters and had the two children in police custody. The renters were the parents of the children.
Investigators have found no witnesses to the shooting. They didn’t immediately know whether the victims were targeted and if so, why.
The relationships between the two victims and between the victims and renters were not immediately known. Detectives are hoping to talk to the injured man later today at the hospital but that will depend on his medical condition.
The four-plex is located in the redeveloped Salishan community. The neighborhood was quiet this morning with few people standing outside or milling about in the rainy weather. A handful of television trucks lined East R Street.
The woman’s death is the third homicide of the year in Tacoma.
UPDATE: Michael Mirra, executive director of Tacoma Housing Authority, this is the first homicide at the new Salishan. The neighborhood has one of the lower crime rates in the city.
“We expected that Salishan would have its share of problems,” Mirra said. “We’ve had less than our share.”
The community is not gated but does employ a private security force. The police department also conducts criminal background checks on prospective residents, Mirra said.
Tacoma Police Officer Eric Barry carries one of two children to a squad car who was in the Tacoma, home (rear) when two visiting adults were shot early Tuesday morning, March 31, 2009. Peter Haley/The News Tribune