A third person was charged Wednesday in connection with the fatal shooting May 1 of a teenager likely mistaken for a gang member.
Pierce County prosecutors charged the 15-year-old boy as a juvenile with first-degree murder, second-degree murder and first-degree assault. He has not yet been arraigned.
At a June hearing, prosecutors will ask that the teen be charged as an adult. Until then, he will be held in juvenile detention at Remann Hall. The News Tribune generally publishes the names of minors only when they are charged as adults.
Tacoma police took the 15-year-old into custody about 6 p.m. Tuesday at a relative’s house in the 1400 block of South M Street. A SWAT team was called to clear the house and serve an evidence warrant.
The teen is believed to have been present when Brandon Morris, 19, was killed in a drive-by shooting at South 45th Street and South Puget Sound Avenue.
Morris and a few friends were likely mistaken for gang members because at least one was wearing red clothing, police said. The corner is apparently a popular gathering spot for a particular gang.
Detectives said Morris and his friends had no gang ties.
Morris was standing with four friends when an SUV drove by and someone opened fire from the back seat. Morris was hit by at least one of the bullets.
He and his friends had just gone 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.
Pierce County prosecutors have charged Alexander Kitt, 23, and Lance Milton-Ausley, 17, in the killing. Both have pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges.