Racial slur started fight that led to Lakewood drive-by shooting, documents say

A Lakewood bar dispute that ended in a drive-by shooting started when the wheelman used a racial slur toward another patron, according to Pierce County prosecutors.

The two men charged in the Jan. 26 shooting were arraigned Thursday afternoon in Pierce County Superior Court. The alleged shooter, a 31-year-old Tacoma man, was charged with first-degree assault, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and drive-by shooting, and his bail was set at $1 million. The man’s brother-in-law, a 34-year-old Spanaway man, was charged with first-degree assault and drive-by shooting, and his bail was set at $200,000.

The two had been wanted in connection with the shooting, and they were arrested Wednesday after being identified in surveillance footage.

According to court documents:

The victim was in a bar in the 2400 block of 112th Street South with a woman when an argument ensued between himself and the Spanaway man. The Spanaway man used a racial slur toward the victim, and then the Tacoma man came toward the victim armed with a pool cue.

The victim punched the Tacoma man in the face, knocking him to the floor, then the victim left the bar by himself.

The two men followed then left the bar in their SUV, flipping a U-turn at 112th Street South and South Tacoma Way when they saw the victim’s vehicle. The Tacoma man then fired a handgun across the driver and out the driver’s side window, hitting the victim’s car at least five times.

Lakewood police were given the identities of the two men after releasing surveillance footage that showed them at the bar, from which a tipster recognized them.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker