Two drive-by shootings in Tacoma overnight

Staff writerSeptember 3, 2013 

There were two drive-by shootings in Tacoma within a half hour overnight, police said.

Nobody was injured in either incident. A vehicle and a townhouse took the brunt of the bullets, which officers believe came from an empty pistol later found in a 20-year-old man’s pocket.

That man and his 18-year-old cousin, who was believed to be the driver in the second shooting, were arrested on suspicion of a drive-by shooting.

Police were first called about 11:45 p.m. Monday to a convenience store parking lot in the 400 block of East 56th Street. Officers saw the victim running through the parking lot and stopped to talk to him.

The victim said he didn’t know who fired at him or why. A gun and cash were found inside the victim’s car.

About 12:15 a.m. Tuesday, police were called to a townhouse in the 4100 block of East T Street after a family reported that someone shot up their home. Inside at the time were three women, ages 40, 19 and 18, a 15-year-old boy and two girls, ages 3 and 1.

“The shots came through the walls,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

The homeowners said they didn’t know why someone would shoot at them.

The two men were later arrested. The alleged shooter told police he was the victim of the convenience store incident and declined to discuss the second shooting. He would only say that after he ran from the convenience store parking lot, he called his cousin to give him a ride.

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