TACOMA, Wash. — Five people are in the hospital after three overnight shootings in Tacoma.
The shootings occurred within over 3 1/2 of each other. Tacoma police say they are struggling to figure out exactly what happened.
The first shooting, a drive-by, was reported just after 10:30 p.m. Friday in the 1200 block of South 11th Street.
No suspects were found. A victim was taken to Tacoma General Hospital, authorities said.
Just after 1 a.m., another drive-by led to the arrest of two people; no one was hurt. Less than an hour later, a third shooting occurred on Pacific Avenue.
Two people were found shot on the street. Three others showed up at St. Joseph Hospital.
The shooting comes as Pacific Avenue is undergoing a renaissance. Most businesses on the street have surveillance cameras.
Reva Wallace, a supervisor at The Forum, said her restaurant plans to bump up security and install additional cameras.
"We run 2-3 security guys a night," Wallace said. "I think that's what you can do is just responsible employees, responsible security and responsible owners."
Many people said they believe the trouble started at a private, all-ages party in what used to be a licensed club in the building.
Then it spilled outside.
All five people shot on Pacific Avenue, including a 21-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy, as well as the victim from the earlier shooting, are expected to survive.
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