TACOMA, Wash. — Thursday afternoon in Tacoma there was a gunshot that resulted in the death of a teenager. At around three in the afternoon, Tacoma Police Department officers responded to reports of a shooting that took place in the 4000 block of Portland Avenue E. Officers arrived on the scene to discover a young kid who had been shot. They made efforts to save his life up to the time that paramedics could take him to the hospital.
The child ultimately passed away in the medical facility. The police have not disclosed his age or the circumstances leading up to the shooting. His death is being investigated as a possible homicide, although the police have not disclosed any information on a suspect. Tacoma’s Mayor Victoria Woodards issued the following statement: “This is a very unfortunate day for Tacoma. The young male victim’s loved ones and family have our deepest sympathies after this afternoon’s shooting on Portland Avenue in East Tacoma.
They are in our prayers and in our thoughts at this time. We would like to express our deepest condolences not only to his family and loved ones, but also to any other members of our community who are going through a difficult time because of this loss. Even though the taking of any human life is morally abhorrent, it is incredibly challenging to be a witness to the untimely death of a young person. This is true despite the fact that the killing of any human life is wrong.
Investigation still ongoing
We are dedicated to working with our local, regional, and national partners to stop the worrisome escalating trend of violence that we have observed in recent years. We have stated this commitment in the past. Even if that doesn’t bring any comfort right now, we have to keep working to find solutions that get to the bottom of what’s causing all of these problems. The Tacoma Police Department has already began trying to identify, find, and apprehend the gunman, and they will provide updates on this developing situation as they become available. The Tacoma Police Department will share developments as they become available.”
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