Person found shot in Tacoma street investigated as homicide

The person found on the street in Tacoma’s Eastside appeared to have been shot.

TACOMA, Wash. – Tue death of a human found Monday morning on a Tacoma street is being investigated as a murder.

Tacoma Fire Department workers saw a man on the street at East 72nd Street and East I Street in the Eastside neighborhood at 5:13 a.m. The person appeared to have been shot, according to the Tacoma Police Department.

Firefighters provided medical assistance to the person and called the police. The person was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is the second murder that Tacoma police are investigating in two days. A 58-year-old woman was shot dead early Sunday morning in the South Tacoma neighborhood.

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Officers advanced at 12:05 a.m. near South 38th Street and South Cedar Street. The woman was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene.

Tacoma has seen a spike in homicides in the first half of the year. As of July 3, there have been at least 24 homicides, a 118% increase from 2021 to date.

Crime trends in the city prompted Tacoma Police Chief Avery Moore to unveil a crime reduction plan this summer. The plan included a hot-spot policing strategy that addresses underlying issues that lead to crime and a targeted deterrence approach through partnerships with community organizations.

Anyone with information regarding any of the murders is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

This is an evolving story. Check for updates again.

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