A warrant was issued Tuesday for a 16-year-old boy suspected of shooting at the father of a schoolmate he didn’t get along with.
Pierce County prosecutors have charged Christopher Hayward with first-degree assault and drive-by shooting for the May 18 encounter at Ainsworth Avenue South and 117th Street South.
Hayward has been charged as an adult.
Charging documents give this account:
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A teenager picked up several friends, including Hayward, who asked him to drive by the victim’s house, where Hayward allegedly called the other boy vulgar names.
The boy went inside and told his father, who came outside to confront the group. When the car full of teens drove away, the father followed them “because he wanted to make sure they didn’t come back.”
Hayward allegedly fired two shots at the father as he drove behind them. The father then stopped following the vehicle and called 911.
He wasn’t hurt, and his car wasn’t damaged.
An administrator at Gates Secondary School called the Sheriff’s Department the next day to report concern about “tension” among several students after the incident.
Detectives interviewed several students believed to be present at the time of the shooting and determined Hayward was the alleged shooter.