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UPDATED: Warrant issued in road-rage shooting of Tacoma girl

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
January 22, 2010 3:46 pm
Sauni Misi

Tacoma police investigators have identified the man suspected of firing a gun during a road rage incident Sunday and striking a 2-year-old girl riding in a car on the East Side.

A warrant was issued today for Sauni “Johnny” Misi, 33, Tacoma police reported. He’s been charged with three counts of first-degree assault and one count of driveby shooting.

The incident occurred Sunday about 2 p.m. Police reported the girl was riding in a car with her father and his girlfriend.

The father told investigators that he and the driver of a black Ford Explorer had been exchanging gestures and involved in aggressive driving in the 8400 block of Pacific Avenue. The father reported he stopped at a light at East 84th Street and East McKinley Avenue and watched the other driver pull up on the passenger side. The driver displayed a gun and fired one round, then fled.

The father initially didn’t believe anyone was injured. He pulled over in the 600 block of East 56th Street and discovered his daughter, who was buckled into her car seat, had been shot in the thigh. The bullet was later found in her diaper, according to court documents.  Her injury was not life threatening.

Several witnesses identified Misi as the driver of the SUV. The witnesses had been in the vehicle at the time and reported that Misi “became enraged and demanded a firearm,” court documents state. When they refused to provide a gun, Misi rifled through a backpack and pulled out a gun wrapped in a towel.

“Misi rolled down his window, made statements to the other driver then fired a single shot at the other car,” court documents state. “The witnesses told police that the other driver did not display or threaten the use of a firearm.”

Misi is Samoan, 5 feet 6 and 325 pounds. He has long, black hair and brown eyes. He has several tattoos. He has the letters “S O S” tattooed on his right arm. He’s known to frequent the Tacoma and Parkland-Spanaway area as well as hotels in the Des Moines-SeaTac vicinity. Police advise he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up $1,000 for information leading to Misi’s arrest. Tipsters may remain anonymous. Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

Send a confidential tip to Tacoma police here.

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