The man was walking home from a Tacoma bar Dec, 19 when a car pulled up next to him and the driver opened fire.
The victim made it inside his East 46th Street house and asked for help from his brother, who called 911.
Doctors found the man had been shot four times, in the stomach, buttocks, arm and thigh. He is expected to survive.
On Monday, Pierce County prosecutors charged Nelious Horsley III, 23, with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault in connection with the shooting. The Tacoma man is being held at Pierce County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
The victim initially told police he went to high school with Horsley but couldn’t imagine why he would shoot at him.
Later, he confided to detectives that a friend tried to rob a shop Horsley owned that sells electronic cigarettes.
“The victim states he was not involved in the robbery, but the defendant thought he was involved in it, so things had been building up until this incident,” according to charging papers.
Staff writer Kenny Ocker contributed to this report.
Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653