Four plead not guilty in Tacoma drive-by shooting that nearly hit sleeping girl

Three men and a teenage girl have pleaded not guilty in connection with a drive-by shooting Wednesday in Tacoma that narrowly missed an 11-year-old girl sleeping in her bed.

No one was hurt in the shooting, which targeted rival gang members, police said. But a bullet entered a home in the 2000 block of East 41st Street and hit a wall, three feet above the sleeping girl.

Police were still sorting out the shooting, which they said involved eight teenagers and three men.

Charged in the shooting were:

▪ Parshay Small, 19, who pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree assault and drive-by shooting.

▪ Daveon Robinson, 20, who pleaded not guilty to drive-by shooting and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

▪ Demetrious Whitaker, 24, who pleaded not guilty to first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

Each was held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

▪ The 17-year-old girl, who allegedly was driving the vehicle at the time of the shooting, was charged as a juvenile.

Police said neighbors who called 911 Wednesday to report hearing gunshots said a group of about 30 teenagers had been ramping up violence in the neighborhood lately by firing weapons at one another.

Charging papers gave this account:

A 14-year-old boy called his friends to say he’d been shot at. A 17-year-old boy then picked up the boy and five other teens in his 2005 Chevrolet Impala to go look for the gunman.

They spotted a Honda carrying Small, Robinson, Whitaker and the girl and began following it. At some point, Small got out of the car and fired at least two rounds at the teens’ vehicle before speeding off.

Neighbors helped direct officers to the Honda, and the men and the girl were arrested. Inside the car officers found a .280-caliber Ruger pistol and another semi-automatic pistol.

Smalls admitted to firing at the teens, according to the court records. The girl denied knowing of any guns and said the men in her car weren’t armed.

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