Police say there was no motive, argument or reason they could find behind the fatal shooting on Thursday of a Tacoma man at the hands of his neighbor.
The shooting occurred shortly before 8 pm. in the 4600 block of North Ferdinand Street, police said.
According to Tacoma police spokeswoman Loretta Cool, the 51-year-old suspect had been on his back porch, firing his gun, before he walked over to his neighbor’s house and shot the man.
The suspect then fled the area and went to a friend’s house in Gig Harbor where he reportedly threatened to kill himself, Cool said. When Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrived, the suspect was dead, she said.
“There was no reason, no real motive, no argument or big extenuating circumstances,” said Cool about the suspect. “He had issues and apparently this was his way of dealing with them.”
Neighbors of both the suspect and victim, neither of whom have been publicly identified, told the Tacoma News Tribune that the suspect was a heavy drinker who had recently lost his job. “He was paranoid and would frequently confront people in the area, ranting about how much he hated cellphones and same-sex couples,” the News Tribune reported.
Neighbors told the paper the suspect had recently begun to talk of killing people.
“As soon as I saw police on the block, I thought of this guy,” neighbor Jason Jones told the News Tribune. “He was a crazy guy.”
According to the Tribune, the victim had a 12-year-old son and was outgoing, affectionate and active in his church.