The ambush outside a Lakewood barbershop proved fatal, but not for the target.
Police said 43-year-old Jesse Hinton died in May after he started a shootout with a fellow gang member who’d shot him before.
Pierce County prosecutors recently charged Hinton’s cousin, Charles Dwight McKee, who allegedly was part of the ambush with a third person.
McKee, 45, pleaded not guilty at arraignment Wednesday to attempted first-degree murder, drive-by shooting, six counts of first-degree assault, and unlawful gun possession.
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Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail at $1 million. Records didn’t list an attorney for McKee.
Charging papers and police give this account of the shootout:
It started the afternoon of May 2, when the target stepped out of a barbershop near Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest and South Tacoma Way.
The man allegedly had shot Hinton in 2015, and Hinton was waiting in a van around the corner with McKee and another accomplice to get belated revenge.
They drove up with the van’s sliding door open, and at least one person in the van fired.
Of at least 23 .40-caliber shots fired at the target, some went into the barbershop — where several other people, including a mother and two young children, could have been hit.
The target fired back and hit Hinton, who was driving the van. It crashed into a nearby power box and then a light pole. McKee jumped out of the van, rummaged through it briefly and fled.
Police found Hinton dead in the van, laying on a .40-caliber pistol that had been unloaded. A .45-caliber pistol was in the back.
A bench warrant was issued for McKee’s arrest a week ago, and he was booked into jail Tuesday.
Police spokesman Chris Lawler said offices are still looking for the third person who was in the van.