The shots were fired at 4:25 a.m. Sept. 11 and jostled several Puyallup residents out of sleep.
Three shots hit a man sleeping in a Honda outside his aunt’s house near 101st Avenue East and 185th Street Court East.
Police arrived to find the man screaming inside his car with three wounds to his leg. Another two bullets struck his car.
The victim said he didn’t know who shot him. Witnesses who saw the gunman’s car described a vehicle similar to a car owned by a man dating the victim’s ex-girlfriend.
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On Tuesday, 22-year-old Kevin An pleaded not guilty to attempted first-degree murder and drive-by shooting. He was ordered held in lieu of $200,000 bail.
The night before the shooting, An and the victim allegedly had a confrontation. One of An’s friends “was trying to hype up An, telling him he needed to handle it one on one, like a real man,” according to charging papers.
An posted about the fight in a series of Snapchat images. One said the victim was coming after him. Another talked about how An had to surrender his gun in July but planned to get another.
Police said they traced An’s cellphone to within blocks of where the victim was shot two minutes before neighbors called 911 to report hearing gunshots.