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November 7, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Police searching for man who killed young father near Puyallup

Eric Contreras, 22, is wanted for first-degree murder (photo courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff's Department)

Eric Contreras, 22, is wanted for first-degree murder (photo courtesy of Pierce County Sheriff’s Department)

Police are looking for an alleged gang member accused of killing a young father early Saturday morning near Puyallup, reportedly because the victim disrespected him.

Eric Contreras, 22, shot Victor Zaldivar, 21, of Orting at close range in the chest after the victim refused to offer him beer at a party, according to Pierce County documents charging the suspect with first-degree murder.

Contreras is described as a Hispanic male, 5-foot-6, about 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He’s known to frequent Tacoma and Lakewood, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

When Contreras and other uninvited gang members allegedly tried to crash the private birthday party with about 50 guests, Zaldivar was one of the first to make it clear the party was not one with an open invitation for anyone dropping by, according to the victim’s friend Eric Estrada, 26.


Comments | Topics: gang violence, Puyallup, shooting

July 23, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Man shot by rival gang, bullets hit houses on Beacon Hill

Seattle police say a man was wounded and two houses were struck by gunfire in the Beacon Hill neighborhood last night. Patrol officers and gang-unit detectives were called to the area of 23rd Avenue South and South Lucile Street around 10:30 p.m. for a report of a shooting. According to police: Two cars were heading south on…


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January 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Tacoma gang member guilty in fatal drive-by

A Tacoma gang member implicated in a shooting that killed a woman and wounded her brother nearly two years ago was found guilty of first-degree murder today by a Pierce County jury. Eduardo Sandoval, 22, was one of six Eastside Lokotos Surenos (ELS) gang members charged in the killing of 20-year-old Camille Love, who was shot while driving down the street with her…


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