Pierce County prosecutors have filed a first-degree assault charge against a Tacoma gang member who allegedly shot another young man after the victim said he knew the mother of the shooter’s baby.
A not guilty plea was entered Monday on behalf of 19-year-old Charles Cortez Pouncey Jr. in Pierce County Superior Court. Pouncey, who’s also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, was ordered jailed in lieu of $350,000 bail.
The incident occurred Aug. 20 at Tacoma’s Les Davis Pier, a popular fishing spot along Ruston Way.
Tacoma police were dispatched to the pier about 3 a.m. to a reported shooting.
Two fisherman told officers a group of about 20 people had been hanging out in the parking lot. At one point, the witnesses said, they heard a commotion and saw a young man walking backwards “with his arm extended shooting a gun approximately four times.”
Officers found blood and four spent 9mm shell casings at the scene, court records show.
Not long after, other officers were sent to Tacoma General Hospital where a man was being treated for gunshot wounds to his thigh and torso, court records show. Police determined the man had been shot during the incident at Les Davis Pier, the records show.
A detective later talked to another person who’d been at the pier that morning.
That witness said Pouncey and another man approached the victim in the parking lot and introduced themselves. Pouncey seemed to recognize the victim and allegedly asked, “Where do I know you from?” court records show.
The victim said he knew the mother of Pouncey’s child, which upset Pouncey, charging documents state.
Pouncey’s friend allegedly goaded him, asking what Pouncey would do if the victim had had sexual relations with the woman.
“He’d be dead,” Pouncey allegedly replied. “I’d shoot him right now.”
Pouncey allegedly got into the victim’s face, at which point the victim pushed him away, the records show.
“The defendant then took two step backwards, pulled out a gun and started shooting,” charging papers state. The victim apparently was the only casualty. Pouncey and his friend then ran away.
Police tracked down and arrested Pouncey on Saturday. He initially denied being at the pier the morning of the shooting, court records show. He later told detectives he was at the pier but did not shoot anyone.
Prosecutors said Pouncey is a known gang member with a criminal record, including a felony conviction for third-degree assault.