Police investigating fatal shooting of man, 19, on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma

Staff writerMarch 23, 2014 

Tacoma police were investigating the death of a 19-year-old man who was fatally shot early Sunday.

Officers were investigating the death as a homicide, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. The 19-year-old was identified as Charles Williams of University Place by the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Police were called to a reported shooting about 1:30 a.m. in the 2600 block of Sixth Avenue. When they arrived, they found Williams wounded. 

He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Cool said.

Investigators did not believe anyone else was hurt in the shooting.

No one had been arrested.

A video of the incident shot by a witness was given to KING-TV and posted on the station's website. Investigators want the public to see the video in the hopes that someone comes forward with more information, Cool said.

“We’d like anyone that was there to contact police,” Cool said.

The video shows a group of people gathered on the sidewalk along a stretch of Sixth Avenue that has multiple bars and nightclubs. The people begin running and screaming as seven gunshots are fired. 

Investigators were talking to witnesses, businesses and reviewing surveillance footage, Cool said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268



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