Laikeem Green stepped out of a car March 26 with his gun drawn.
Lakewood police say he was pointing the weapon at Alexander Sharp, an acquaintance who had recently drawn his ire with a spate of incidents he found to be disrespectful.
"A short exchange of words were exchanged, and Sharp taunted the defendant, challenging him to shoot him, " court records show. "The defendant complied, firing at least twice."
Sharp remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Pierce County prosecutors last week charged Green, 26, with first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm for the March 26 shooting. He is expected to be arraigned today.
Detectives tracked Green to the Calico Motel in Tacoma early Monday morning. A SWAT team was called out to assist because Green refused to surrender. He was taken into custody about 5:30 a.m. after a four-hour standoff. Lt. Chris Lawler said Green, who allegedly has gang ties, admitted to shooting Sharp.
Green asked a friend for a ride to a motel March 26 but then directed her to stop at the Eagles Lair apartment complex in the 5600 block of Boston Avenue Southwest. The friend told detectives Green immediately pulled a gun on Sharp, shot him and demanded she remain quiet and continue driving him to the motel, court records show.
It is believed to be the same motel where police later recovered the gun used in the shooting.
Sharp's mother, Kimberly Sharp-Ray, said her son is in good spirits but has a long road to recovery ahead of him. She is still grappling with why someone would shoot her only child, a man she described as giving, protective and gifted.
"There's no reason for anybody to pick up a gun and shoot anybody. Enough with the gang violence. Enough with hurting each other. It's time to stop, to love each other, " she said.
"Despite what this young man has done, I forgive him and I will pray for him and his family."
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653