At least eight people were injured in a shooting outside a private rave event in Tacoma on early Sunday morning, according to the Tacoma Police Department.
At about 12:45 am., South Sound 911 received multiple reports of shots fired and cars fleeing the area in the 5400 block of South Tacoma Way.
Responding officers reportedly found a “chaotic scene” with a large crowd and multiple shooting victims.
Brandon Thornton was across the street when he heard yelling and gunshots. “Gunshots started going off. Everybody just started running every type way. It was probably like 80 people running,” said Thornton. “And everybody just was screaming, yelling.”
Upon arriving at the scene, first responders immediately started performing life-saving measures with victims at the scene.
Eight victims were taken to three different hospitals by ambulance or private vehicle. All of these victims were between 17 and 22-years-old and are in stable condition, according to police.
“I am happy to report that all of our victims are in stable condition. We did not have any fatalities last night and we are very grateful for that,” says Officer Wendy Haddow, with the Tacoma Police Department.
Police say the incident appears to have started after an argument broke out among a large crowd in the alley behind a private venue where the rave was hosted.
Haddow said no arrests have been made. Officers are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Tacoma Police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.