Shooting that injured 5 in Tacoma was gang-related

A shooting that injured five people in downtown Tacoma was gang-related, police said Monday, although they offered few other details.

Some of the victims were innocent bystanders.

It started about 1:50 a.m. Saturday as bars and nightclubs were closing for the night.

Several people and officers near South Ninth Street and Pacific Avenue heard gunshots. An officer responded and found a 21-year-old woman shot in the leg. She was taken to St. Joseph Medical Center in serious condition.

Nearby, a 16-year-old boy was found shot in the head. Police said he was conscious when they arrived but the teen was listed in serious condition after being taken to the hospital.

While officers began investigating the shooting, hospital staff notified them that three men with gunshot wounds had checked themselves in, police reported.

They included an 18-year-old man shot in the hip; a 19-year-old man shot in the knee; and a 24-year man who received a minor injury when a bullet grazed his back.

Detectives declined to say which victims or how many were the intended targets.

Suspect information was not immediately available, and witnesses told different stories about what they saw.

“Due to conflicting statements of many people, we don’t know if the suspects were in a car or on foot,” police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said.

Anyone who has information on the shooting or witnessed it is asked to call the Tacoma Police Department at 253-591-4722.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653