Teen fa­tally shot was pass­ing around gun

The News Tribune - - Local - BY STACIA GLENN [email protected]­new­stri­bune.com

A 17-year-old boy shot to death while sit­ting inside a car on a Ta­coma street was smok­ing mar­i­juana and pass­ing a stolen hand­gun around with friends, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

An­to­nio Dou­glas of Fed­eral Way died late Tues­day after three friends drove him to St. Fran­cis Hos­pi­tal in Fed­eral Way.

Po­lice spoke with the friends, and all told sim­i­lar sto­ries.

They said they’d been hang­ing out in a Ta­coma park smok­ing and lis­ten- ing to mu­sic when a car pulled up, slammed on its brakes and some­one inside fired mul­ti­ple shots.

“There were in­con­sis­ten­cies in their sto­ries that caused po­lice to in­quire fur­ther,” Pierce County prose­cu­tors wrote in charg­ing papers.

Even­tu­ally, de­tec­tives de­ter­mined the friends were inside a Toy­ota Camry parked on a pull­out in the 3700 block of Marine

View Drive.

The teens were al­legedly smok­ing mar­i­juana, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and pass­ing around a hand­gun.

Dou­glas was sit­ting in the driver’s seat.

He loaded and un­loaded the gun sev­eral times be­fore hand­ing it to a friend in the back­seat, records say.

“The re­spon­dent stated the trig­ger was pulled and the gun went off, with the gun pointed at” Dou­glas, ac­cord­ing to charg­ing papers.

The bul­let went through Dou­glas’ arm and hit him in the torso. He opened the car door and fell to the ground.

Dou­glas’ friends put him back in the car and drove to his aunt’s apart­ment in Fed­eral Way.

After see­ing her nephew had been shot, the aunt told the teens to drive him to the hos­pi­tal.

A 9 mm hand­gun stolen Nov. 18 was later found near the aunt’s apart­ment.

On Fri­day, prose­cu­tors charged the 17-year-old friend with man­slaugh­ter and sec­ond-de­gree un­law­ful posses­sion of a hand­gun. Prose­cu­tors are weigh­ing whether to amend the man­slaugh­ter charge.

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