A man was fatally shot in Parkland early Thursday, and the alleged gunman was arrested shortly afterward, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
The Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Wilbur Salway, 46, of Tacoma.
Several people called 911 just after 2 a.m. to report hearing gunshots.
Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 12800 block of Pacific Avenue South and found Salway suffering from a gunshot wound and lying on the side of the road.
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He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
A witness reported seeing a man run east about the time of the shooting so detectives brought out a search dog, who found the 23-year-old suspect nearby.
He was taken into custody.
“We don’t know if there’s a connection or if it was random,” sheriff’s spokesman Gary Sanders said of the shooting.
The investigation closed a single northbound lane of state Route 7 near 126th Street South for more than 10 hours.
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