4 shot to death in Tacoma, Washington, neighborhood; suspects at large

Four people are dead after a shooting in a Tacoma, Washington, neighborhood, and the suspect or suspects remain at large as of Friday morning, according to reports.

Gunfire erupted shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday in an alleyway between homes in the 4200 block of Everett Avenue of Salishan, the News Tribune reported.

Two women and one man were pronounced dead at the scene while a fourth victim died later at the hospital, KIRO News 7 reported.

“This is a horrific crime,” Tacoma Public Information Officer Wendy Haddow told KIRO.

The dead were not immediately identified, and it was not known if they were related to each other.

The circumstances that led to the shooting remain unclear, and there was no indication of a motive.

At least one of the victims was found dead in the street in front of a house.

Authorities suggested there could have been more than one shooter.

“At this time I cannot say whether there was one or multiple shooters,” Haddow said, according to KIRO.

A witness who lives nearby told the News Tribune that he heard gunshots then saw a man running before jumping into a waiting car.

Another resident told police she heard as many as seven shots being fired before she and her kids hit the deck, the News Tribune reported.

Investigators cordoned off the street, and a SWAT team was called to the area for backup.

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