Brandon Morris was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The 19-year-old Tacoma man was standing with four friends May 1 when an SUV drove by and someone opened fire from the back seat.
Morris was hit by at least one of the bullets. He died Wednesday.
Only Morris was struck by gunfire.
Morris and his friends had “no known gang ties, and it does not appear that they were the initially intended targets,” according to charging papers filed Friday.
“It appears that this group may have been shot at, if intentionally, because at least one in the group was wearing red clothing and may have been mistaken for a gang member.”
On Friday, Pierce County prosecutors charged Alexander Kitt, 23, with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, four counts of first-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Kitt pleaded not guilty and was ordered jailed in lieu of $4 million bail.
Police on Friday arrested a 17-year-old youth after he turned himself in. It was not immediately clear how the teen was involved in the killing.
The shooting happened about 1:20 p.m. at South 45th Street and South Puget Sound Avenue, which police said is a well-known hangout spot for a particular gang.
Morris and four friends went to a nearby convenience store for candy and were in front of an apartment complex when the SUV rolled down an alley behind the apartments and Morris was shot.