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Two injured in gunfight near college campus in Parkland

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on March 18, 2010 at 10:47 am |
March 19, 2010 2:20 pm

Two men were seriously wounded Wednesday night when they exchanged gunfire inside and outside a Parkland home near the campus of Pacific Lutheran University.

Both men were hospitalized for treatment of their gunshot wounds. Each is expected to survive, Pierce County sheriff’s detective Sgt. Jerry Bates said this morning.

At least one round from the gunfight hit a dorm room at PLU’s South Hall. No one was inside the room at the time. Detectives were investigating whether another round struck the outside of the building, Bates said.

Deputies received reports of a shooting at a home in the 200 block of 126th Street South just before 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, deputies discovered blood inside the home. By that time, however, both men involved had fled, Bates said.

At the home, deputies interviewed a 16-year-old Lakewood girl. She said she had her 27-year-old boyfriend drop her off at the home earlier in the night. The girl’s aunt lives at the home, Bates said.

The boyfriend wasn’t happy about dropping off the teen and returned less than an hour later. He found the teen and a 39-year-old man in a room of the aunt’s house, Bates said. The 39-year-old man is a roommate of the aunt’s.

The boyfriend allegedly started shooting at the roommate. (The police reports don’t say anything about a confrontation before the shooting began.) The roommate pulled out a gun and returned fire.

The teen told deputies she covered her face and heard the roommate say he’d been hit. The girl reported that she heard more gunshots outside, Bates said.

Neither the girlfriend, nor her 46-year-old aunt nor the aunt’s four children, all of whom were in the house at the time, were injured.

The boyfriend went to a home in the 500 block of 127th Street South and reported he’d been shot. The occupants  brought him into the living room and called for medical aid, Bates said. Paramedics took the boyfriend to Madigan Army Medical Center for treatment.

The roommate walked into St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood. He was later transported by ambulance to Harborview Medical Center. His injuries were initially considered life threatening but he’s now expected to survive, Bates said.

Detectives continue to investigate the shooting and the circumstances that led up to it.

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