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10-Year-Old Shot Straight in Head in Pierce County; 22-year-old Woman Arrested as alleged shooting suspect

10-Year-Old Shot Straight in Head in Pierce County; 22-year-old Woman Arrested as alleged shooting suspect

Pierce County, WA: A 22-year-old woman has been arrested after she allegedly shot a 10-year-old straight in the head in a parking lot in Lakewood.

A fight broke out between the woman’s group and another on February 10, and gunfire rang out across the South Tacoma Way parking lot of the B&I shopping mall. According to the paperwork filed for charges, seven automobiles were damaged by gunfire, and the youngster was hit in the back of the head

The charging papers did not specify how bad the boy’s injuries were. The News Tribune has requested additional information from the Lakewood Police Department.

The lady was facing two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of drive-by shooting, according to prosecutors in Pierce County. On Friday, according to court documents, a bench warrant was issued for her arrest. Because she is not now a suspect, the News Tribune will not identify the woman.

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At 3:18 p.m., officers from Lakewood were sent to the location in response to reports of a probable gunshot. The little boy, who was riding shotgun in the family’s Hyundai Elantra, was ten years old. The gunshot wound to his skull caused him to wail. The youngster was transferred to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital for medical attention.

In the parking lot, next to the wrecked cars, police found spent cartridges. An employee at a nearby store informed them that three females might be the shooters. Prosecutors stated that an employee reported to police that he had challenged the women because he suspected that one of them had committed shoplifting.

A woman pulled out a black revolver from her jacket and showed it to him. According to the prosecution’s statement, this woman was subsequently named as the accused.

Interviews with the child’s mother were conducted by detectives later that week. She informed them that as they were leaving the B&I building, they were driving through the parking lot when they overheard a fight breaking out among several individuals.

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After a minute or two, they made the decision to depart. As they retreated, a Mazda drew up behind them, its driver facing the rear. As it passed behind them, it honked to warn them not to turn around. Subsequently, gunshots were reported by the prosecutors.

A gun was pointed out at the mother from the rear passenger window of the vehicle, and an arm was seen reaching out from behind the wheel, ready to fire. When the little boy let out a scream, his mother knew her son had been shot.

Video footage and eyewitness accounts established that the accused was seated in the backseat of the vehicle, behind the driver.

Three females pulled into the parking lot in a Mazda at approximately 2:57 p.m., according to the CCTV footage. After two minutes, a Chevrolet Suburban pulled up and pulled into a parking spot. There were many individuals, including a youngster, in the car.

Prosecutors stated that the defendant showed the employee the pistol while the group was inside B&I from 3 to 3:14 p.m.

At 3:14 p.m., a few individuals from the Suburban were shouting and “aggressively pointing” towards the defendant outside the B&I. The defendant proceeded to go to the Mazda after continuing to argue. Although the defendant’s entry into the rear driver’s side of the Mazda was not captured on camera, witnesses reported seeing it, according to prosecutors.

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The victim’s car was passed by the Mazda as it drove in front of the B&I building. As the defendant sits in the backseat of the vehicle, the weapon protrudes from the driver’s side. Prosecutors stated that the footage captured the reactions of those in the parking lot upon hearing the gunfire.

A 15-year-old youngster who was a passenger in the Suburban was seen firing back while on foot. On their way to the Suburban, he was joined by two more. At 3:17 p.m., the Mazda is spotted driving away from the scene and heading towards South Tacoma Way.

Based on the trajectory of her rounds, the defendant was found to have been the one who struck the 10-year-old boy. According to the prosecution, the defendant and the juvenile were carelessly gunning each other down in a vast parking lot.

Authorities did not find the defendant’s weapon at the scene, according to the prosecution’s report.

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