16-year-old boy dies from injuries in Tacoma shooting; second teen homicide victim this month

A 16-year-old has died from his injuries as a result of shooting in Tacoma, making him the second teen to die in a shooting in the city in just eight days. 

On Jan. 15 around 5:15 p.m., 911 dispatchers received a call that a vehicle had crashed into a yard on N. Pearl Street, and that the caller believed the driver had been shot.   

"We were just getting cleaned up around the house, and it started to shake almost like an earthquake—loud like thunder," recalled Joe Fote, one of the witnesses of the incident, "and when I looked out the window, there was a car parked at our steps."

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"There was a young man in there by himself," said Fote. "I just kept shouting, ‘Hey, are you alright? Are you alright?’ And I was just glad the cops showed up when they did, because I wasn’t sure what to do."

According to Tacoma Police, the teen was driving a white BMW northbound on N. Pearl Street when another vehicle came up alongside the victim's and shot into it. 

Police have not released any suspect information or indicated whether this was a targeted attack. Detectives are asking anyone with information regarding this homicide to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

This marks the third teen shooting in the city just this year. Last week, a 13-year-old girl was injured in a drive-by shooting. Another 14-year-old teen boy named Xaviar was shot and killed at a bus stop on Thursday.

There is at least some closure for Xaviar's family, as a 17-year-old suspect was arrested in that case on Monday.

Xaviar’s aunt, Alyivia Siess, spoke to FOX 13 about the violence that claimed her nephew.

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"He was a child. It’s sad the violence and crime rate has to stop. It’s out of control," said Siess.