Woman arrested, charged with drive-by shooting outside Tacoma apartment that injured 4 | North West
July 13 – A 35-year-old woman was arrested and charged in Pierce County Court for her alleged role in a drive-by shooting that injured four people at a Tacoma apartment complex.
According to charging documents, the shooting stemmed from arguments between the accused and a neighbor over parenting issues.
Ronnay Chaneece Scott was charged Monday in Superior Court with drive-by shooting and four counts of first-degree assault.
The shooting took place on the night of July 3 near the 3300 block of South Asotin Street. According to the charging documents, three to five people arrived at the apartment complex in a vehicle and, from a grassy embankment about 20 feet away, fired towards a unit where four people were standing outside.
Two men and two women were hit by gunfire and injured. Court records indicate that one of the women was pregnant and was shot in the left hip and thigh. A second victim was shot in the thigh, another in the abdomen and a fourth person was shot in the toe.
A plea of not guilty was entered on behalf of the defendant at the arraignment on Monday afternoon. Pierce County District Attorney‘s Office spokesman Adam Faber said prosecutors requested that Scott be jailed in lieu of $350,000 bond. Superior Court Commissioner Philip Thornton set bail at $75,000.
Scott has no violent criminal history in Pierce County. She had previously been convicted of first-degree robbery in 2020.
It’s unclear if police suspect Scott fired any shots during the incident. A Tacoma Police Department representative did not respond to questions sent to the department on Tuesday.
A witness told detectives they saw Scott drive the suspect vehicle back into the apartment complex through an alley shortly before the shooting. Other witnesses identified Scott’s sister as another person in the car.
Charging documents say the shooting followed two days of an argument over “parental issues” between Scott and one of his neighbors. The argument led to a fight between the women on July 3 where Scott allegedly pulled three braids from his neighbor’s scalp, and the victim’s mother had to break up the fight.
The neighbor later told police that Scott made a “vague threat” to drop off his two children and return to the apartment complex “with ‘family and friends,'” records show.
Prosecutors wrote in the probable cause document that no one in the apartment complex’s courtyard could provide a definitive description of the shooters. Several witnesses said the shooters wore ski masks, making it difficult to discern whether they were men or women. A shooter allegedly used a rifle.
Police used a drone, SWAT and a police dog to try to locate the shooting suspects, but efforts were unsuccessful.
Four days after the shooting, law enforcement located Scott standing by her Nissan Murano, the car she allegedly saw driving away from the apartment complex with her children before the shooting. According to the probable cause determination statement, Scott failed to comply with orders to get to the ground and police had to physically control her to take her into custody.
This story was originally published on July 13, 2022 at 5:00 a.m.
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