Man charged in shooting in which victim was hit nine times

Pierce County prosecutors today charged a man with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting an acquaintance nine times or more last month, possibly over a woman.

A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of Alexander William Rix, 43, at his arraignment this morning. Superior Court Judge Vicki Hogan ordered Rix jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

Prosecutors contend Rix opened fire on the victim July 30 in the 6700 block of Park Avenue South.

Here's the rundown, according to charging papers:

The victim picked up Rix in the 5600 block of Park Avenue South and drove him a few blocks before stopping his car. The men, who've know each other for about 10 years, then smoked marijuana together.

The victim told police Rix began to act strangely, pulled a pistol from his waistband, exited the car and demanded money. When the victim said he had none, Rix opened fire and yelled "(expletive) die" repeatedly.

The victim suffered gunshot wounds to an arm, his abdomen and legs but managed to drive himself to the hospital.

The victim told police that he suspected the shooting stemmed from his relationship with Rix's girlfriend.