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Man charged in weekend shooting in Lakewood

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 4, 2010 at 8:32 am |
February 4, 2010 10:58 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old man with two counts of attempted second-degree murder after a shooting Saturday in Lakewood that appears to have gang ties.

Ryan G. Clark was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. He’s being held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Charging documents provide the following information:

Lakewood police were notified of a shooting Saturday. The shooting occurred about 10 p.m. in the 7000 block of 146th Street Southwest.

The victims told officers they were walking down the street when two men riding their bikes began yelling gang-related comments at the victims. The men’s comments were regarding one gang in the city.

One of the men pulled out a gun and fired several times at the victims. The victims fled. One went to asleep, then woke up about two hours later and realized he had been shot in the buttock.

The victim with the gunshot wound provided officers with the first name of one of suspects. He provided a description of the other.

Doctors removed the bullet from the victim’s buttock and it was taken as evidence.

The two victims were later shown montages and each picked Clark.

Lakewood police arrested Clark on Tuesday. He told police that “he got caught up in some (expletive) and didn’t mean to shoot anyone.”

He said he and a friend were riding their bikes when they encountered two “dudes” walking down the street. The two talked about being members of another gang. This prompted Clark and his friend to claim the territory for another gang.

Clark claimed his friend pulled out the gun and fired three times, then handed him the gun and ordered him to shoot.

“He shot three rounds at the subject,” charging documents state. “He did not mean to shoot anyone; he meant only to scare them.”

Clark has a previous conviction and is prohibited from owning or possessing a gun.

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