Two men have been charged in a drive-by shooting in Lakewood that prosecutors say stemmed from an earlier shooting that wounded one of their friends.
Kelsey Phillips, 18, pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of drive-by shooting and four counts of first-degree assault in the Jan. 8 confrontation. He is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail.
Co-defendant Shamille Bullard, 21, pleaded not guilty to the same charges last week and was ordered held in lieu of $250,000.
Pierce County prosecutors said they might charge more people in the shooting.
Charging papers gave this account:
Trouble started about 7:45 p.m. at a fast-food restaurant. Bullard, Phillips and another friend spotted a man the friend had “historical issues” with and challenged the man to a fight.
The man ran, but one of his friends fired a gun into the ground near Bullard and Phillips’ friend.
As the other group was driving away in an SUV, Bullard allegedly handed his friend a handgun and the friend pointed it at the SUV. It’s unclear whether he shot at the vehicle, but someone in the SUV fired a handgun and wounded Bullard and Phillips’ friend in the leg.
Hours later, Bullard and Phillips’ friend texted a girl from the other group that “things were not over and that he would be shooting back at them.”
Then a car drove by the group in the parking lot of an apartment complex and someone in the car opened fire.
Police arrived and found 10 casings from two guns and an abandoned Chevrolet Tahoe riddled with bullets. One round went through the wall of a nearby house and hit a mattress where two people were lying.
Prosecutors allege Bullard and Phillips, and possibly their unidentified friend, shot at the other group.
Neither man has prior convictions in Pierce County. Their friend has three felony convictions and 23 misdemeanor convictions, records show.
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