The bystanders were just trying to help.
They saw a man threatening to kill a woman as he pushed her into the fence in Spanaway late Saturday, so they called 911. Then they jotted down the license plate number of the car the woman was shoved into.
The car sped off and the bystanders followed a few blocks behind.
It earned them several bullets, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
“An individual leaned out of the passenger side of the suspect car and began to fire at the victim car,” according to court records.
The bystanders hurriedly pulled into a driveway to hide.
Deputies found the suspect’s car two hours later. Marc Robinson, 21, was behind the wheel. Tyus Reed, 17, was in the back passenger seat. A .45-caliber handgun was under the seat.
Prosecutors charged both men with three counts of first-degree assault, drive-by shooting, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and third-degree malicious mischief.
The woman believed to be threatened was found but told deputies there was no physical confrontation.
She did, however, admit Reed fired at the bystanders.
“She said he was trying to get them to stop following them,” documents state.