Crime

Man pleads not guilty in Tacoma drive-by shooting

A 23-year-old man suspected of shooting at another man and his father pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of first-degree assault and drive-by shooting.

Adam Love, 23, was ordered jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

The incident happened about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 7200 block of South Alder Street.

One of the victims was driving in the area and said Love and another man were cussing and yelling at him when he stopped at a traffic signal, according to charging papers. He could not hear what they were saying and continued driving.

The man returned home and told his father, and they went out walking in the neighborhood looking for Love.

When they found him behind the wheel of a car, Love and the younger victim allegedly exchanged words before Love started to drive away.

The victim “said he then saw the defendant bring his arm out of the window and begin shooting toward he and his father,” records show.

No one was hit. The bullets struck a parked car and a nearby home where a man was sleeping.

Police found at least five .45 shell casings.

Although Love denied being involved in the shooting, a woman he was with during the confrontation allegedly told detectives he admitted it to her.

Love has prior convictions for possession stolen property and unlawfully possessing a firearm, according to court records. As a felon, he is banned from having a gun.

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