Pierce County prosecutors today charged a man with fatally shooting a rival gang member in Lakewood during an argument over whose street gang was better.
William Horton Jr., 32, is scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon for first-degree murder and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in the death of Charles Pitts, 29.
Lakewood police were called to the Williamsburg Apartments in the 11200 block of Bridgeport Way Southwest early Wednesday morning after multiple residents reported hearing gunshots.
Charging papers give the following account:
Pitts and Horton were hanging out at a friend’s apartment when a heated discussion began about whose gang was better. The discussion evolved into a “slap boxing” match where Horton eventually pulled a .45 caliber pistol out of his waistband and shot Pitts twice, once in the chest and once in the abdomen.
Witnesses heard the shots and saw Pitts stumble and fall. Horton then dragged him to the parking lot.
When police arrived, they found Horton standing over Pitts holding a gun.
“The defendant told officers that Pitts was dead and laughed,” papers state.
During interviews at the police station, Horton allegedly told detectives he shot Pitts because the victim hit him too hard during the “slap boxing” match and insulted his gang.