Crime

Warrant issued in shooting outside Lakewood casino

A warrant has been issued for a 22-year-old man accused of shooting another man in the neck during a fight outside a Lakewood casino.

Roger Moore Jr. is charged with first-degree assault for the Oct. 21 dispute in the casino parking lot in the 9800 block of South Tacoma Way.

Investigators have not been able to find Moore. A search of his home turned up a pair of red Nike shoes he allegedly wore the night of the shooting, an empty gun box and ammunition.

Moore has a concealed pistol permit and a .40-caliber handgun registered to his name, records show.

It’s unclear what prompted the fight on the night of the shooting, but casino employees reported a crowd of people rushing for the door.

Surveillance footage shows Moore and the victim trip over a curb while fighting.

“The defendant emerges on his feet first, appears to pull out his gun and points it at the victim,” according to charging papers. “As the victim rose to his feet, the defendant fired a single gunshot.”

The victim, who survived, was taken to a hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to the neck.

Moore was seen walking toward the casino entrance, presumably talking to the two people he was with that night, before leaving the scene.

Detectives found a single .40-caliber bullet casing in the parking lot.

The victim said he doesn’t know Moore and grappled with him in the parking lot because his brother was fighting with Moore or one of his friends.

Moore is described as black, 125 pounds and 5 feet 5 inches with black hair and brown eyes.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

stacia.glenn@thenewstribune.com

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