Shots fired near Tacoma schools, two men arrested; three others at large

An exchange of gunfire Thursday near South Sheridan Avenue and 38th Street forced two schools into lockdown, and led to the arrests of two men on suspicion of drive-by shooting and assault, according to Tacoma police.

“There’s four guys in some sort of argument, people pull out guns and start firing,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

No one was hit by the shots, but the bullets hit nearby nearby cars and businesses, Cool said. Witnesses scattered after the initial burst of gunfire, and the two groups fled in separate cars.

Meanwhile, Lincoln High and Jenny Reed Elementary schools locked down while police hunted the fugitives.

Officers eventually tracked down one of the cars, recovered one weapon and arrested two men, 22 and 24, Cool said. Both were booked into the Pierce County Jail, awaiting arraignment.

Police hadn’t found the second car or the people inside as of Friday, Cool said. Officers were searching for three people.

“What role they played, I don’t know,” Cool said. “It’s an ongoing investigation.”