A 17-year-old man was charged Monday as an adult in the fatal drive-by shooting of a Tacoma teenager near a convenience store.
Pierce County prosecutors charged Lance Milton-Ausley with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and four counts of first-degree assault in the May 1 death of Brandon Morris, 19.
Milton-Ausley pleaded not guilty and was ordered jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
The suspected shooier, 23-year-old Alexander Kitt, pleaded not guilty Friday to the same charges. He also faces a charge of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Kitt is being held in lieu of $4 million bail.
The shooting happened about 1:30 p.m. at South 45th Street and South Puget Sound Avenue, which police have said is a popular gathering spot for a particular gang.
Morris and four friends went to the convenience store for candy and were standing in front of a nearby apartment complex when an SUV rolled down an alley and somebody fired out of a back window.
Morris was the only person shot.
Police said Morris and his friends are not tied to a gang and the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.
Milton-Ausley allegedly later told a friend he and his companions didn’t believe anybody had been shot.
He and a friend, presumably Kitt, dropped a teenage girl off at school about noon, according to charging papers. Milton-Ausley allegedly called her frantic about 2 p.m. and said they needed to pick her up.
“The two males were hyped up and talking about how they had just shot up a store,” records show.
Police found the SUV believed used in the shooting with the girl.