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Two charged in Tacoma driveby shooting; gun stolen from Fife Sportco found

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 16, 2012 at 7:04 am |
May 16, 2012 9:51 am

Tacoma police have found another gun that was stolen from a Fife sporting goods store in December.

The 9mm handgun was hidden in the dashboard of an SUV believed to be involved in a driveby shooting May 7. Forty-one firearms were stolen Dec. 17 from the Sportco/Farwest Sports store. Law enforcement officers have been finding the stolen weapons as they’ve been used in other crimes.

Pierce County prosecutors charged two men on Tuesday with driveby shooting, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm in connection with the May 7 driveby shooting.

Anthony Lee Valencia, 17, and Jermaine Laron Abdul Gore, 18, each were ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail during afternoon court appearances Tuesday.

Court documents provide the following information.

Tacoma police responded to a driveby shooting about 10:15 p.m. May 7 in the 2300 block of South M Street. Witnesses reported seeing gunshots being fired from a black SUV. They also said a gold-colored sedan sped off with the black SUV. Officers found shell casings in the roadway but no victims.

Officers stopped a black SUV in the 1400 block of South Washington Street after it tried to evade officers. The occupants ran off.

Officers detained Gore in the area. He denied being involved in the shooting and was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Investigators discovered the SUV was registered to Valencia’s mother.

Valencia was interviewed May 8 and said he, Gore and another man were involved in a confrontation with rival gang members. He denied the shots had been fired from his SUV.

Officers got a warrant and searched the SUV. They found the 9mm handgun and a .45 caliber gun in a dashboard. They also noticed two marks consistent with bullet strikes.

Officers arrested Valencia on Monday. When confronted, he said the guns in the SUV were his and that he fired one and Gore the other. Valencia told investigators he bought the stolen 9mm handgun for $300 in the middle of March.

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