A teenager killed in a hit-and-run in Tacoma’s West End has died at a hospital

A 16-year-old boy who was critically injured Sunday in a shooting while driving through Tacoma’s West End has died at a hospital, according to the Police Department.

No arrests have been made, according to Officer Shelby Boyd, a department spokeswoman.

The teenager was driving a white BMW 325 north on North Pearl Street near North 43rd Street when another vehicle pulled up next to his car and shot him, according to a news release from the Tacoma Police Department. The teenager’s BMW left the road and drove through the yards of several houses before coming to rest near the steps of a house on the other side of the street.

A BMW sedan crashes into a home on North Pearl Street overnight Sunday, Jan. 15, after its 16-year-old driver was shot. The car drove through the yards of three houses before crashing into this house. Politeness Jolene McCormack

The homeowner of the home where the car stopped called 911 around 5:15 p.m. to report that the driver may have been shot, according to the news release. The injured teenager, who has not been identified, died in hospital on Friday.

The boy is the second local teenager to die in a shooting in the past two weeks. On Jan. 12, a 14-year-old boy was killed on Tacoma’s Eastside. A 13-year-old girl suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting hours later, prompting statements from Police Chief Avery Moore and Victoria Mayor Woodards, who issued a second statement Friday night.

“The grief felt when a young life is cut short runs deep and across. My condolences to the victim’s family and loved ones, and to the many others grieving throughout our community. This investigation is active and ongoing, and we will not rest in the face of this tragedy.”

The police department asked people with information about Sunday’s shooting to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

This story was originally published January 20, 2023 at 5:39 p.m.

Jared Brown covers Pierce County courts and law enforcement from an accountability perspective. He joined The News Tribune in 2022 and previously interned in the summer of 2017. He also covered police and breaking news for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. Jared holds a master’s degree from the University of Washington and a journalism degree from Gonzaga University.

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