Warrant issued for Tacoma man charged in fatal Hilltop shooting

A warrant has been issued for a Tacoma felon charged in the fatal shooting late Saturday of a 41-year-old man outside a Hilltop house.

Pierce County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Yancy “Slim” Ray, 50, with second-degree murder and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm in the death of Hyson Sabb.

Ray’s whereabouts are unknown.

Tacoma police detectives believe the men argued outside the home of a friend in the 1500 block of South L Street and Sabb eventually was shot.

Charging papers give this account:

A woman overheard Ray at the home talking about buying or selling marijuana, and she offered to help with a deal.

Ray went “into a rage,” told her to mind her own business and continued to berate her as she tried to leave the house.

Sabb, who was a close friend of the woman, apparently overheard the confrontation and intervened. While arguing with Ray, he directed the woman to get his gun from the trunk of a nearby car.

Ray then threatened to kill Sabb, saying he’d be back.

The homeowner asked the group to leave, fearing further trouble.

The woman retrieved Sabb’s handgun from the car and brought it to him. He allegedly asked another friend to take him to the store so he could buy bullets.

That’s when Ray returned in a Lexus sedan. He left the car running in the street and opened fire.

Sabb was hit at least once. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

“I’m lost and lonely,” said Adreine Fuqua, who said the couple had recently eloped, as she sat crying outside her home Sunday. “I miss the one thing that just completes my every day. I didn’t wake up next to him this morning.”

The couple had a child together, Fuqua said. Sabb also had an older daughter.

Police are searching for Ray, who has an extensive criminal history.

His previous convictions include first-degree manslaughter in 1986 in Multnomah County, Oregon; third-degree robbery in 1993; and unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in 2009.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653