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One injured in shooting at South End park

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 7, 2010 at 10:09 am with 9 Comments »
May 7, 2010 10:09 am

One man was shot and three others were arrested on suspicion of obstructing officers Thursday night at a South End park.

The 30-year-old man was shot in the right leg and taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, Tacoma police spokesman Ken Viehmann said Friday.

Neighbors reported hearing shots fired in the area of Ryan’s Park (formerly known as Celebration Park), around South 78th Street and Tacoma Avenue, just before 6 p.m. Officers responded and contacted several people who were reportedly uncooperative, Viehmann said.

Officers spotted several people loading the injured victim into the rear passenger seat of a vehicle. The car drove out of the area and was stopped by officers, Viehmann said. Officers found the victim, who was then taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Witnesses reported that the shooter – or shooters – left in a dark-colored sedan. The vehicle was not located and no arrests were reported in connection with the shooting.

At the shooting scene, officers detained and identified several uncooperative people. They found one handgun and arrested three people on suspicion of obstructing law enforcement, Viehmann said.

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  1. hondaxr650 says:

    My wife and I were at that park with our 4 year old son when this went down. It became obvious that we were being watched by 3 “lookouts” and they were talking about us via cell phone across the park. We were very uncomfortable and decided to leave. As we got up to leave we heard the shots. It was very obvious to us that something bad was going on there. Tacoma has become a complete ghetto and we are moving this summer as soon as we can get our house ready for sale.

  2. This junk has been on the rise for 25 years, ever since the crips and bloods discovered that King and Pierce county were soft on crime, they had nothing to fear even if they were arrested. Seattles chief, Kirlikowski, (spelling?) was so soft on crime, that Obama gave him a hi ranking post in his cabinet, a perfect fit. And the liberal college profs are teaching that these poor souls are not reall bad, they turn bad in the “system” after they are incarcerated. Go figure!!!

  3. IKnowMoreThanYou says:

    Has become? Yeah, because Tacoma is just now becoming a city infested with crime and high school drop out thugs. BTW, good luck selling your house in this strong seller’s market.

  4. kimmerz says:

    That Park is a dangerous park. I walked through it once with my daughter and never went back. My parents live right by there.

    It’s too secluded and there were guys sleeping in the playground with syringes around on the ground. We walked in and walked right out.
    The history of the woods that were bulldozed and made into that park is not good either.

    That is where the boy was that was attacked by the sexual offender many years ago and almost died from his injuries. Laws were changed about sexual offender registering because of that incident and the boys Mother and her hard work to cause change.

    People just need to be safe and if you get a bad feeling about someplace,
    Leave right now. I’m glad the people that were innocently playing in the park are O.K. My Family heard 4 to 5 shots fired. How scary for anyone nearby.

    I only wish that the good would not die young as they so often do.
    The thugs could be in the place of the good ones that leave us too soon.
    A lot of people are just really tired of those that do not give a damn about anyone. I know I am.

  5. sunup500 says:

    It’s not the park that is dangerous. It’s the gangsters that have found a comfortable place to do their bidding.
    The police are well aware of the locations of these hangouts. They just don’t have the manpower nor desire to chase them from one locale to another. The philosophy is that by letting them congregate in areas that are known by law enforcement, they (gangs) are somewhat contained, and can be observed. When you try to clean out a rats’ nest, all you do is scatter them in all directions. I can guarantee these activities would never happen in your upscale neighborhoods. I suppose with the media picking up the story, there will be much harrumphing in city hall, and a call for “A Crackdown” on gang activities. The truth is if the job was being done by law enforcement, there wouldn’t be a need for a “crackdown” .

  6. kimmerz says:

    I think that a Park that has cars that can drive through it or at least around it and lots of people in it make a difference. This Park is secluded and relatively unknown because of where it is. You cannot drive through it or around it.

    It’s just common knowledge that if you cannot see other people and the ones you do see look shady or you get a bad feeling, leave.

    These kinds of activities DO occur in upscale Neighborhoods.
    Don’t kid yourself. It’s everywhere.
    It’s up to us to report suspicious activity and watch out for ourselves, our family and innocent people.

    There is no golden safe bubble around any neighborhood, contrary to what we would like to believe.

  7. LuckyCharm says:

    All the more reason to join — or form — a Safe Streets group in your neighborhood. Ours is becoming more and more active, and this park will be next on our radar. Criminals don’t like to operate in places they know are watched.

  8. a kid from rogers high school hit 3 home runs in a row sunday….brought in 6 runs….game got them into their first ever chance at state championships….crowd went wild……gee, not a word in the paper about a local kid?

  9. if fireworks are illegal in tacoma why are they selling them all over…even at fred meyers!!!!!….why should our houses burn down & kids loose fingers for life so someone can have a little fun..every year it happens…a lot of peole won’t drive far to buy them but if they’re on every other corner & at the grocery store, the kids will beg and the parents will cave……one spouse will bully the other to get some…etc..
    ..i know the excuse is fund rarising…but fred meyers???

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