Crime

Man charged in shooting inside and outside Tacoma nightclub

A man accused of firing a gun inside a Tacoma nightclub and later wounding someone outside was arraigned Wednesday.

Stephon Antonio Green, 20, is charged with first-degree assault, unlawful gun possession, obstructing police and driving with a suspended license.

A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf, and Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set bail at $150,000. Court records did not list an attorney for Green.

Police and charging papers gave this account of the incident:

Tacoma police responded downtown early Sunday to a report of a possible fight and heard multiple gunshots near South Seventh Street and Pacific Avenue.

Dozens of people came out of The Town nightclub in that area, and different officers saw a vehicle police suspected was involved in the shooting crash near South 10th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Green, the driver, ran off but was caught by officers, who found a .40-caliber handgun near the driver’s side of the car. A passenger got away.

Investigators learned a bullet had grazed the knee of a man outside the club. He told police he had been with friends in the dance area on the second floor of the club. He said Green and another person taunted them.

The man said Green fired a shot inside the club, where up to 200 people were. An officer found a bullet that looked as if it had hit a wall on the second floor.

Green and the other person followed the man and his friends when they left the club. Shots were fired near South Ninth and Commerce streets, coming from where Green and the other person were, the man said.

That’s when he felt pain around his knee, limped off and got an officer’s attention.

Police found .40-caliber shell casings in the area, and bullet holes in the window of a convenience store, a teriyaki restaurant and a garage door.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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