A Lakewood woman was shot twice Tuesday when her boyfriend yelled at three men tearing down a street sign outside the couple’s apartment.
On Thursday, Pierce County prosecutors charged Lavel Dickey III, 22, Johnteese Walker, 21, and Riley Orak, 19, with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree assault.
Orak and Walker, who as felons are prohibited from having weapons, were charged as well with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
All three men pleaded not guilty Thursday afternoon. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail for each at $1 million.
The victim and her boyfriend were outside their apartment in the 10800 block of 47th Street Southwest just before midnight Tuesday when the boyfriend called out to a group of men kicking and breaking the sign.
When he yelled at them to stop, Walker and Orak turned and opened fire, according to charging papers.
Nineteen shots were fired. One hit the victim in the right arm and a second shot grazed her. She is expected to survive.
Her boyfriend was able to duck and run when the shooting happened.
A police sergeant in the area heard the shots and investigated. He spotted three men dressed in black running down the street and followed them in his car.
Eventually, he stopped and ordered two of the men to the ground at gunpoint.
According to charging papers, Dickey complied but Orak ran around a parked truck and later was found lying on the ground near a fence. Walker was spotted emerging from trees, police said.
All three were taken into custody.
Police said a .45-caliber handgun was found on the other side of the fence where Orak was hiding. A search dog sniffed out another handgun near where Walker ran from officers.
The guns matched the shot casings found at the scene, records show.
Orak and Walker were uncooperative with detectives who interviewed them, police said.
Dickey allegedly said his friends kicked down the sign “as a show of disrespect” for the rival gang who claimed the area they were in.
Staff writer Kenny Ocker contributed to this report.
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