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Two charged in early Sunday shooting at South End store

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on July 28, 2010 at 8:10 am with No Comments »
July 28, 2010 8:10 am

From the follow-up file …

Pierce County prosecutors have charged two men in connection with a shooting early Sunday that injured two people at a South End 7-Eleven convenience store.

Brandon Michael Allen McWilliams, 24, was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree assault and one count of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting. He’s being held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. Ailghwa Kuta Henderson, 22, was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault. He’s not in custody, according to online records.

Two men were injured in the shooting just after midnight Sunday at the 7-Eleven at South 96th and Steele streets. One man was struck on the neck; the other, a clerk in the store, was hit in the thigh, charging documents state. Neither injury was considered life threatening.

Charging documents provide the following information:

Two men were outside the store when they were approached by two others. The suspects were confrontational and made a gang reference.

One of the suspects punched one of the men, who fell to the ground. The other man tried to strike back but the other suspect pulled out a gun and started shooting.

One of the men was hit by a bullet on the side of his neck. Two bullet holes were found in the front window of the store. The clerk, who’d been inside, was hit.

Officers reviewed surveillance video of the incident and got descriptions of the two suspects. Officers detained Henderson nearby. He initially said he’d heard the gunshots and ran. He later said he and McWilliams went to the store to buy beer and then got into a confrontation.

McWilliams pulled out a gun and started shooting. Henderson told investigators he didn’t know why his buddy did that.

Officers went to McWilliams’ apartment and detained him. McWilliams, who matched the description of the shooter and was wearing similar shorts, was arrested and booked into jail. He had previous convictions for robbery, burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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