Man fatally shot on Sixth Avenue had been at memorial party

Staff writerMarch 25, 2014 

A man fatally shot Sunday on Sixth Avenue in Tacoma had just left a memorial party at a nearby dance hall and became involved in a large fight, Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers said Tuesday.

Tacoma police have asked for the public’s help in identifying the man who shot Charles “Chucky” Williams, 19, of University Place. Williams died after the shooting about 1:25 a.m. at Sixth Avenue and Fife Street.

Police did not give specifics about the memorial party, but a poster circulating on social media advertised an event Saturday night in the same area of Sixth Avenue in honor of Jalon Bea, a 17-year-old boy shot and killed Oct. 11 in Tacoma. Bea and Williams appear to have been Facebook friends, based on a review of their pages on the social media site.

Williams was involved in the fight Sunday with several unidentified people when a man showed a handgun and fired several shots, hitting Williams in the back, police said.

The man who fired was described as black, in his late teens or early 20s, with a heavy build, according to Crime Stoppers. He was wearing jean shorts and a black T-shirt with red and white lettering on the front.

About 30 people were watching or involved in the fight, and police asked anyone who was there to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips are anonymous and can result in a reward.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com

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