Tacoma police were searching Monday night for a 14-year-old boy they suspect shot a 16-year-old boy earlier in the day.
For several hours Monday afternoon and into the evening, Tacoma police blocked off the 1300 block of East 65th Street while they tried to coax the younger boy out of his home. As it turned out, he wasn’t ever there.
Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool gave this account:
Just before 2 p.m. Monday, police received multiple calls about shots being fired and a man bleeding in an alley. Police believed they had multiple shooting victims, so they sent two ambulances to the scene.
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The only victim was a boy, 16, who was shot in the shoulder. He was treated at a hospital and released.
The shooting was preceded by the two boys, plus a few others, getting into a fight in the 2000 block of East 43rd Street. Police obtained the 14-year-old’s address and contained the area. They also got a search warrant.
Just after 7 p.m., police opened up the street, saying the boy was not in the house. Detectives did go in and look for evidence.
Police aren’t releasing any further information about the teenager they’re seeking, because as Cool said, “he’s 14.”