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Tacoma police investigating mysterious shooting death of 45-year-old man

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Nov. 20, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
November 20, 2012 4:10 pm

UPDATE: The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as David Watson.

David Watson
PREVIOUS POST: A Tacoma man was shot to death early Sunday morning, and police are looking for two young men who might have been involved.

The victim, 45, apparently was shot as he sat in his pickup in the parking lot of a convenience store near South 56th Street and South Lawrence Street, police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

He then drove about two blocks to the area of  South 54th and South Lawrence where he drifted off the road into a park, Fulghum said. Neighbors alerted by the pickup’s engine revving found the man and called police. He later died at Tacoma General Hospital.

Police are unclear why he was shot. The man’s roommate told them he’d gone out earlier to look for his dog, which had gotten out of the house. The dog was in the truck when neighbors found the man.

“It doesn’t look like a robbery. It doesn’t look like a drug deal,” Fulghum said.

Video surveillance shows two young men in the convenience store parking lot then running away, Fulghum added.

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