Suspects allegedly connected to fatal shooting of teen on Tacoma porch appear in court
A 16-year-old boy shot to death on the front porch of a Tacoma house was targeted because he’d threatened to kill a rival gang member and his unborn baby, according to court documents.
Jamone Pratt was shot in the head July 30 while hanging out with friends in the 4600 block of South J Street.
Police believe Andre Darrell Gonzalez, 16, fired the shots that killed him; Treyshawn Donovan Hilton, 17, steered the minivan so Gonzalez could shoot; and Sunshine Rain Timmons, 17, switched places in the vehicle so the drive-by could take place.
On Friday, Pierce County prosecutors charged the three with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault and drive-by shooting.
Gonzalez also is charged with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Hilton has not yet been arrested.
Gonzalez and Timmons both pleaded not guilty at arraignment. Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Craig Adams set bail at $1 million for each.
Prosecutors have not yet charged three other teens in the minivan.
Charging papers give this account:
Pratt was standing on the porch with three other teen boys when Gonzalez drove by in the minivan and fired seven rounds. He was hit and died that night at Tacoma General Hospital.
Several bullets struck the home, but no one else was injured.
Detectives initially believed the homicide was gang-related because Pratt allegedly belonged to a Tacoma gang. His loved ones refuted that outside court Friday.
His clique has been feuding with a rival gang since the June 2 shooting death of Tyree Jevon Gipson-Faison, 27.
Police learned Pratt might have been involved with a retaliatory shooting and had been arguing and exchanging threats with a rival gang member.
While searching for the rival gang member to interview him about Pratt’s death, detectives spotted a minivan at a Lakewood trailer park that matched the description of the one used in Pratt’s shooting.
They linked the minivan to Gonzalez and Timmons and put a tracker on it.
On Sept. 1, police pulled over four vehicles that ran a stop sign and appeared to be chasing other cars. Three people were taken into custody for that incident, and one of them asked to talk about Pratt’s murder.
That person told detectives Gonzalez had “confessed/bragged” over Facetime about killing Pratt, and Hilton could be heard in the background talking about his involvement.
Police arrested Gonzalez and Timmons three days later and both allegedly confessed.
The handgun believed to be used in the drive-by that killed Pratt was tucked in Gonzalez’s waistband when he was arrested.
“He alleged that because of a gang dispute, Jamone had threatened to kill him and ‘stomp’ his and Timmons’s unborn baby,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers.
Timmons is allegedly four months pregnant.
Gonzalez told detectives he and the others in the minivan went to visit a friend and were leaving South J Street when they spotted Pratt standing on the porch.
They drove around the block so Timmons and Hilton could switch seats, and the boys could pull bandannas over their faces.
As they approached the house, Hilton said something to the effect of “You know the drill,” records say.
Gonzalez fired out the window, striking Pratt.
Pratt’s loved ones shouted in grief and anger from the gallery during the court proceedings Friday.
His mother, Kyndal Pierce, told reporters outside court: “It’s not even explainable. ... I’m hurt. I just don’t understand why. What did my son do that was so wrong that this happened?”