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Three injured in South End, gang-motivated shooting

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Jan. 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
January 25, 2010 1:29 pm

Three teens were injured – one critically – in two volleys of gunfire between rival gang members on a South End street Saturday night.

One 18-year-old man’s injuries were initially considered life threatening, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. He’s now expected to survive.

The extent of the injuries to the two others who were shot – a 14-year-old girl and another 18-year-old man – were not known Monday. Both were taken to local hospitals for treatment, Fulghum said.

Tacoma detectives were working to sort through what happened on the South End street. No arrests have been made.

According to initial reports, several teens and young adults were gathered at a residence in the 3400 block of South G Street. The 14-year-old girl and her boyfriend were walking on the sidewalk about 10 p.m. when a van pulled up. The boyfriend and occupants in the van exchanged gang-related greetings and challenges, Fulghum said.

Someone in the van started shooting at the couple and the boyfriend returned fire. The van sped off and the couple went into the home where the youths were gathered, Fulghum said.

A short time later, a second vehicle arrived at the home. There was a second exchange of gunfire, then the vehicle sped off. It doesn’t appear anyone was injured in the volley of rounds.

Investigators believe the 14-year-old girl was struck in the first exchange of gunfire, Fulghum said. She is at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, getting treatment.

The two men who were shot were believed to be in the van during the first volley of shots. The men were dropped off at Tacoma General Hospital for treatment, Fulghum said.

The shootings were reported by nearby residents. Fulghum said some buildings were struck by the gunfire.

“There were a lot of shots being exchanged,” he said.

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