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Warrants issued for two teens in West End Tacoma homicide

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
May 12, 2010 5:36 pm
Juan Ortiz/Courtesy of TPD

Pierce County prosecutors have charged two teenagers with first-degree murder in connection with a deadly shooting overnight inside a West End home.

Warrants were issued today for the arrests of Juan Ortiz, 18, and Naitaalii J. Toleafoa, 15. Tacoma police ask anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two to call 911 or Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. Callers may remain anonymous.

Officers were responded to a shooting inside a home in the 3300 block of North Visscher Street just after midnight. They found a 26-year-old man dead and another 25-year-old injured. The dead man, identified as Juan Zuniga-Gonzalez of Tacoma, sustained multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Paramedics took the surviving victim to St. Joseph Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Charging documents indicate he is paralyzed from his gunshot injury.

Naitaalii J Toleafoa/Courtesy of TPD

A witness reported that the homicide victim lived at the house. On Tuesday night, the victim learned that Ortiz and Toleafoa were going to be stopping by to pay him some money he was owed, charging documents state.

The two arrived on foot just after midnight and were allowed inside. Several people inside the house went into an attached garage.

Within seconds, the witness reported hearing four to five gunshots. Ortiz and Toleafoa then left the house, charging documents state.

The witness picked Ortiz and Toleafoa out of photo montages.

Witnesses reported that the two suspects went to the North Visscher Street home about three weeks ago.  They were looking for the man killed early Wednesday but he was not home at the time.

Charging documents indicate Toleafoa might have stole marijuana and a week later  the homicide victim and two suspects got into a fight.

The investigation was continuing.

Ortiz is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 7 and 140 pounds. Toleafoa is Hispanic, 6 feet 1 and 180 pounds.

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