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Man charged in dispute between rival Tacoma gangs

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 14, 2011 at 7:22 am |
October 14, 2011 11:01 am

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a young man in connection with an ongoing dispute between members of two rival street gangs in Tacoma.

Prosecutors allege Tyreese R. Woods, 20, took part in a series of shootings in May and June.

Woods, who’s been in jail on other charges since June 25, was charged Thursday with three counts of first-degree assault, unlawful possession of a firearm and driveby shooting. He was arraigned on the charges and was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Another man, Isaiah McNeal, was charged earlier this year in connection with one of the drive-by shootings. He’s been in custody since June 15 on the charges.

Prosecutors allege Woods and McNeal are members of the Knoccout Crips and have been engaged in a dispute with members of the Hilltop Crips.

Investigators suspect a Youtube rap video produced by Hilltop Crips sparked the violence, charging documents state. Several Knoccout Crips found the video offensive.

Woods was charged in a May 4 driveby shooting that targeted a home in the 2100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. No one was injured in the shooting.

Investigators also say Woods and McNeal are leading suspects in a May 21 shooting of a rival gang member near a club on South Tacoma Way; a June 4 drive-by shooting in the 2100 block of South J Street and a roving gun battle June 6, charging documents state.

Woods was charged earlier this year with three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and obstructing police. He’s being held on $500,000 bail in that case.

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