Suspect in Tacoma road rage shooting makes first court appearance

The suspect in the latest street shooting that injured an 11-year-old boy in Tacoma pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — The suspect in the latest West Washington street shooting that injured an 11-year-old boy appeared in court for the first time Wednesday.

Jadan Maurice Davis-Gunn, 19, faces three counts of first-degree assault and one count of illegal possession of a second-degree firearm. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

According to the indictment documents, a Honda CRV attempted to merge onto Interstate 5 northbound from 56th Street in Tacoma on November 25, Davis-Gunn attempted to prevent the Honda from merging with his Chevrolet Cruze. him, leading to a “short road rage”.

Davis-Gunn then moved into the left lane and, as the two vehicles were traveling side by side, fired multiple shots at the Honda with two adults in the front seat and the 11-year-old victim in the back seat. The 11-year-old was beaten.

The driver of the Honda was able to exit at 38th and McKinley Streets and go to a nearby fire station.

The 11-year-old boy was transported to Mary Bridge Hospital, where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet from his right arm and abdomen.

Davis-Gunn is the registered owner of the Chevrolet Cruze from which the bullets were fired. The victim’s brother, one of the people in the front seat, later identified him from a DOL photo as the shooter.

The car was parked in front of a Tacoma mansion, which police eventually confirmed was the location where Davis-Gunn rented a room.

Davis-Gunn was arrested on November 26 at that location, and a search of the residence and vehicle did not find a firearm or any used cartridge casings.

Due to previous felony convictions for assault and malicious mischief as well as malicious harassment, Davis-Gunn is barred from possessing or possessing a firearm.

Davis-Gunn is being held on $750,000 bail.

Road rage incidents have been on the rise in western Washington over the past few years. Law enforcement officials in many counties are seeing motorists becoming more aggressive.

“The problem is we never know who this person is, what they’re going through, what they’re capable of doing,” said Washington State Patrolman Robert Reyer.

A spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, Darren Moss, said incidents of street violence are on the rise in Pierce County.

So far in 2022, there have been 279 road shootings, surpassing the previous record of 241 road shootings in 2021.

In King County, there have been numerous incidents of gun-related street violence over the past few years. According to WSP, street shootings in King County have increased the least since 2017. Last year had the highest number of street shootings at 235. So far in 2022, there have been 219 cases.

A child suffered life-threatening injuries in a violent street shooting in Renton on November 11 after being hit in the face and chest. He was discharged from Harborview Medical Center after more than a week in the hospital. The vehicle the shooter was driving at the time of the shooting has been found, but no suspects have been arrested.

A 24-year-old Everett woman was killed in October while driving home from Leavenworth. No arrests have been made in connection with her death. The woman’s family called the lack of information “disturbing.”

WSP has put together a list of tips to keep drivers safe from road accidents. The list includes:

  • Be polite and courteous, even if other drivers don’t
  • Signaling when changing lanes
  • Avoid making eye contact with an angry driver
  • Call the police, but don’t pull over
  • Control your own anger

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