Tacoma police have arrested one man in connection with a shooting Sunday night that critically injured a teen in South Tacoma.
What role the young man played in the incident wasn't immediately known this morning, Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum said. The man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault shortly before 8:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, the victim was undergoing treatment at Tacoma General Hospital for a gunshot wound to the head.
Tacoma police report that the victim and another man got into a fistfight in the 4500 block of an alley between South Union Avenue and South Puget Sound Avenue. What sparked the confrontation wasn't known, Fulghum said. The two had been with others when the fight broke out.
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Shots rang out. There are differing accounts from witnesses regarding how many shots were fired and whether there was a break between rounds of gunfire. Tacoma police detectives were still sorting out how many shots were fired and how many people fired weapons, Fulghum said.
When the shooting stopped, the victim was critically injured and on the ground. The others fled.
Officers responded to the scene and detained several men. One was arrested on suspicion of obstructing justice.
Fulghum said the shooting might have been gang related based on the people that were contacted during the investigation.