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Police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting on I-5 near a Tacoma mall

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Tacoma police and the Washington State Patrol arrested a man Saturday in connection with a shooting outside a Tacoma mall.

Tacoma police and the Washington State Patrol arrested a man Saturday in connection with a shooting outside a Tacoma mall.

A 19-year-old boy associated with a drive-by shooting near the Tacoma Mall who injured an 11-year-old boy was arrested Saturday by Tacoma police and Washington State Police.

The shooting happened Friday on northbound I-5 at 2:22 p.m., according to the State Patrol. Shots fired from a dark Chevrolet Cruze hit the Honda SUV. At the time of the collision, the boy was sitting in the back seat. It remains unclear why the shots were fired.

A subsequent investigation led police and state troopers to an address in Tacoma’s South End, where they located the suspect vehicle, the State Patrol said in a statement sent Saturday night. That discovery led to a search warrant. Investigators then located the 19-year-old suspect, who was arrested without incident.

The man was booked into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault and shooting from a vehicle, the State Patrol said. The investigation continues.

The 11-year-old victim was taken to the district hospital for medical treatment. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Sean Robinson, night/sports editor, spent 20 years as an investigative reporter at The News Tribune before moving into the role of editor. His reporting work includes award-winning material related to criminal justice, government accountability, and public disclosure.

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