There are five shootings victims hospitalized in Tacoma, Washington. All were shot in the early hours of August 20, 2016, according to the Tacoma Police Department.
The victims are all at Saint Joseph Medical Center on South J Street, and their names, ages, and condition are unknown. Three of those shot reportedly walked into the hospital without the assistance of an ambulance.
Just before 2:00 a.m. PDT, the police responded to reports of shots fired. They discovered two victims on Pacific Avenue; between the 700 and 900 blocks. Emergency services transported these two shooting victims the hospital.
Tacoma Police Department officers are currently investigating each of the five incidents. The relationship between victims and their shootings is yet to be determined, according to a police spokesperson.
Since Jan. 1, 2016 there have been 117 shootings in Tacoma. According to the SpotCrime website, there were gunshots recorded each month, with the highest number, 26, reported in March, and the fewest, 9, reported in August.
Anyone with information about crimes in the Tacoma area is encouraged to call in an anonymous tip to the Tacoma/Pierce County CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may leave information via email. To leave a tip online go to the CrimeStoppers website and select Leave a Tip Online Now.
UPDATE Aug. 21, 2016: According to Q13 Fox News, the two shooting victims located by the police have been identified as a 16-year-old male and 21-year-old female. Their names and conditions have not been released.
During the investigation, this is an ongoing story. Once new information becomes available about any of these shootings, the news will be updated.
Written by Cathy Milne
KIRO7 News: Five shot in Tacoma overnight
Q13 FOX News: 5 shot in downtown Tacoma, police investigating
SpotCrime: Public Records for Shootings in Tacoma Washington
CrimeStoppers: Tacoma/Pierce County; Leave a Tip
Image Courtesy of British Columbia Emergency’s Flickr Page – Creative Commons License