Man charged in Tacoma drive-by shooting arrested

Staff writerApril 25, 2014 

A 21-year-old man charged with firing eight shots into a Tacoma townhouse filled with children was arrested early Friday.

A warrant was issued Monday for Odel Stephens after he failed to appear in court. He is charged with drive-by shooting, unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen firearm for the Sept. 3 incident.

No one was injured in the shooting, which took place in the 4100 block of East T Street. Inside the home were a woman, her three children – ages 15, 18 and 19 – and two kids.

Witnesses called 911 after seeing a passenger in a Camaro lean out the car window and fire several rounds into the townhouse. The victim said she didn’t know why their home was targeted.

Officers found the Camaro nearby with Stephens in the passenger seat and his cousin, Shannon Roberts Jr., behind the wheel.

Stephens told police he’d been in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store when he was shot at, fled and called Roberts for a ride.

He couldn’t explain the empty .45 caliber pistol magazine in his pants pocket or the stolen gun in the backseat, according to charging papers.

Roberts is also charged with drive-by shooting and possession of a stolen firearm.

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