Detectives are searching for a man they think shot his child’s mother several times outside a Frederickson-area home Friday morning.
Tony French, 39, is considered armed and dangerous. He is believed to be driving a black 2005 Toyota Corolla with Oregon license plate 955HEE.
The 35-year-old woman is in critical condition with gunshot wounds.
“He’s out and about in a stolen car, and he’s armed and he’s dangerous and he’s making threats,” said Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer.
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The couple’s 18-month-old son was asleep inside the victim’s home, as were two teenagers, at the time of the shooting. None of the kids was injured, Troyer said.
Neighbors in the 16000 block of 69th Avenue Court East called 911 about 7:25 a.m. to report hearing about 10 gunshots. Several said they saw a man shooting at a woman from a car.
Deputies responded and found the victim lying in the road.
“We believe the causing issue is a domestic dispute over custody,” Troyer said.
There is a history of domestic violence, he said.
French is described as a black man, 5 feet 11 inches and 210 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
French is likely “desperate,” Troyer said.
“We don’t believe he’s going to go down quietly,” Troyer said. “He knows we’re looking for him, and we’re going to continue to try and hunt him down before he hurts anyone else.”
Chuck Sweet, who lives in the neighborhood, said it’s not uncommon to hear gunfire because of a nearby shooting range.
“It’s a normal thing for me to be hearing gunfire, but this seemed like a really odd time and from the wrong direction,” he said. “Then I heard ambulances and fire trucks and a heavy response.”
Sweet recalled hearing about seven shots, a pause and then more gunshots, leading him to believe the shooter stopped to reload.