Investigators are looking for a 22-year-old Lakewood man accused of fatally shooting a fellow partygoer last weekend.
A warrant was issued Wednesday for Eric Contreras, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Victor Zaldivar, a 21-year-old Orting man.
Contreras is a suspected gang member known to frequent Lakewood and Tacoma, according to the Pierce County Sheriffs Department.
The shooting happened early Saturday at a home in the 3700 block of 40th Avenue East, just east of Tacoma.
Charging documents give this account:
Contreras and Zaldivar did not know each other but both attended a birthday party that night.
They got into some kind of argument during the party. One witnesses said Zaldivar refused to give Contreras and his buddies a beer. Another witness claimed the alleged gang members felt Zaldivar disrespected them somehow.
As Zaldivar and a friend tried to leave the party, Contreras and four others surrounded them. One man pushed Zaldivar and Zaldivar tried to punch him.
Contreras pushed Zaldivar to the ground then produced a handgun and shot Zaldivar in the chest at close range, court records state. Arriving deputies found Zaldivar in a friends car en route to an area hospital. He died during surgery less than two hours after he was shot.
Contreras mother told investigators he came home about 4 a.m. Saturday and did laundry before leaving. He did not show up for work that day. His whereabouts are unknown.