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March 19, 2009 7:14 AM
Posted by Nick Provenza
Two people were wounded in the second shooting this week within a couple blocks in the Hilltop neighborhood in Tacoma, according to The News Tribune.
And according to KOMO TV's Web site, a police officer responding to the shooting scene crashed into another car at 19th and Tacoma Avenue. Three passengers of the car that was hit were taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The officer was not injured.
The shooting incident began about 9:15 p.m. in the intersection of 21st Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Tacoma. Two men were wounded. One was shot in the shoulder, the other in the leg. Both victims are in their early 20s.
Tacoma Police Det. Brad Graham said they were taken to a local hospital and the injuries are not life threatening.
Police blocked of the intersection, with plastic markers strewn across the street where shell casings were found. A forensic officer took photographs of the scene as witnesses chatted on a porch inside the cordoned-off corner.
The shooting was just a few blocks from where gunshots seriously injured a 38-year-old man Monday night.
In that incident, the man and two others were walking down the street in the 2400 block of South L Street shortly before 9 p.m. A black, four-door car pulled up alongside the three, said Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum.
Those inside the car yelled out some gang comments, Fulghum said, then one of them opened fire.
Fulghum described that victim's injuries as "survivable" but fairly serious.