Prosecutors undecided whether to charge Puyallup man who shot friend trying to prank him

Pierce County prosecutors said Monday they needed more time to decide whether to charge a 23-year-old Puyallup man who shot a friend trying to spook him as a joke Saturday.

The man, who was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree assault, was to be released Monday.

Police Capt. Scott Engle gave this account:

A 25-year-old Puyallup man and a 24-year-old from Spanaway went to their friend’s home about 11:30 p.m. and tried to play a joke on him by sneaking up on the house.

The 23-year-old called out to them, and the two friends hid in some tall grass.

They then heard a shotgun fired, and the 24-year-old came out from his hiding spot and found the 25-year-old shot in the chest and shoulder, apparently by the 23-year-old.

The shooter and his uninjured friend drove the 25-year-old to Good Samaritan Hospital, and he later was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was treated.

His condition wasn’t available.