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Victim in Tacoma shooting was boy, 17

A person fatally shot Monday in Tacoma Monday night has been identified as a 17-year-old boy.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office said Tuesday the victim was Jatarius Tolbert of Tacoma.

Police found him about 8:30 p.m. in a parking lot in the 9200 block of South Hosmer Street after a 911 call that someone had been shot in the head, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said Tuesday.

Paramedics pronounced the teen dead about 15 minutes later.

Cool said no one has been arrested. Further details about the shooting were not available.

Another teenager, 19-year-old Brandon Morris, was fatally shot in a drive-by May 1 after he and some friends left a convenience store at South 45th Street and South Puget Sound Avenue.

Police say the corner is a popular gathering spot for a particular gang, and, according to charging papers, Morris and his friends might have been mistaken for gang members, because at least one was wearing red clothing.

Police have said Morris and his friends had no gang ties.

Two arrests have made in the shooting. Alexander Kitt, 23, and Lance Milton-Ausley, 17, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and four counts of first-degree assault.

Cool said it was too soon to know who was responsible for the Monday shooting, or whether there is any connection to the earlier shooting.

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