A Tacoma woman is paralyzed after her fiance’s friend allegedly shot her several times as the couple argued about infidelity.
Warrants have been issued for Lacaste Edwards Sr., 40, and Carlos Aguirre, 23. Both men are charged with attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault in the Aug. 30 incident.
Neither man is in custody. They were released from jail after the incident because criminal charges were not immediately filed.
Police were called about 2:40 a.m. that day to an apartment complex in the 3000 block of South 12th Street after neighbors reported hearing gunshots.
They found a woman lying in the grass with gunshot wounds to her breast, leg, hand and neck.
Paramedics rushed the woman to the hospital, where doctors said she will be paralyzed. One bullet remains lodged in her neck and another in her hip.
According to charging papers:
Witnesses said they heard a couple arguing about 2 a.m. and saw a man holding his side as if he were hurt. They said another man shot the woman as she stood near the deck and yelled, “What are you gonna do, shoot me? I have kids.”
Edwards told detectives his fiancee accused him of cheating and stabbed him when he said he was leaving for the night, records show. Edwards said Aguirre then shot her to protect his friend.
The woman told police Edwards has a history of assaulting her, and on the night she was shot, he was enraged after looking at her phone and accused her of having an affair.
The couple was engaged and have two children together.
After beating her, the woman said, Edwards left, and she got in bed with her 2-year-old and blocked the front door so Edwards couldn’t return. She awoke to him assaulting her, records show.
While Edwards was speaking with Aguirre, the woman said, she grabbed a knife and hid it under her pillow. She said she stabbed Edwards after he continued hitting her.
Aguirre allegedly was pointing a gun at Edwards and his fiancé.
The woman grabbed her phone and called 911. A recording has the woman saying, “My baby daddy’s bleeding because he …” and then she screams, according to court documents.
The line remains open for the next several minutes.
As officers were interviewing neighbors, Aguirre walked by with a handgun holstered on his hip, and a man identified him as the shooter. Aguirre was detained and allegedly admitted the gun had been recently fired.
Police caught up with Edwards at the hospital, where he went after the shooting to seek treatment for a stab wound.
Police searched the car Aguirre and Edwards took to the hospital and said they found a stolen handgun hidden inside. Prosecutors said they might file additional charges against the man connected to the weapon.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653