UPDATE as of 3 p.m.: The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as 29-year-old Charles Pitts.
UPDATE as of 10:31 a.m.: Detectives said the alleged shooter and victim, members of rival street gangs, were hanging out a another man’s house when a heated argument began about whose gang was better. The argument turned into a fistfight, police said.
“The suspect got tired of fighting, pulled out a handgun from his waistband and shot the victim,” a police news release states.
The alleged shooter is 32. He’s been booked into the Pierce County Jail for investigation of second-degree murder.
PREVIOUS POST: A 29-year-old man was shot to death at a Lakewood apartment complex early this morning and police have arrested the alleged gunman.
Several residents of the Williamsburg Apartments, in the 11200 block of Bridgeport Way Southwest, called 911 about 3:20 a.m. to report hearing gunshots. Some said they saw a man dragging another man into the parking lot.
Officers arrived within two minutes and spotted a body in the parking lot. The alleged shooter then came running out of an apartment with a handgun, yelling that he was going to kill the victim.
The man followed officers’ orders to drop the gun and get on the ground. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder and has confessed to shooting the victim, Lt. Chris Lawler said.
The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He has not been identified.
Lawler said a motive has not been determined.