16-year-old charged in Pierce County drive-by shooting surrenders to law enforcement

UPDATE June 2, 2015 --

Christopher Hayward surrendered to law enforcement at 6:00 p.m. Monday.

WANTED May 28, 2015 -- 

TACOMA -- Deputies in Pierce County are asking for the public's help finding a 16-year-old they say shot at the father of one of her classmates.

Christopher Hayward is charged as an adult with 1st degree assault and drive-by shooting for an alleged incident on May 18.

Prosecutors say Hayward and several friends drove over to the home of a classmate Hayward did not get along with, and allegedly called the boy vulgar names. When the boy's father came outside to confront the teens, they drove off.

The father said he followed them to make sure they did not come back. That's when prosecutors say Hayward fired two shots at the father driving behind them.

Deputies say the crime is so serious, Hayward is being charged as an adult.

"He leaned out of a car and fired a weapon at people is someone whose done that before or may do it again in the future, especially only being 16-years-old, so we think of him as a very dangerous person and we want to get him picked up as soon as we can," said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer.

The father was not injured and the car was not damaged.

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