Woman shot and killed in Tacoma's North End

Tacoma Police spokeswoman Shelbie Boyd said a woman was shot near the corner of North 7th and Junett streets early Friday morning Nov. 11, 2016.
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Tacoma Police spokeswoman Shelbie Boyd said a woman was shot near the corner of North 7th and Junett streets early Friday morning Nov. 11, 2016.
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Woman fatally shot while driving Friday in Tacoma

November 11, 2016 06:28 AM

A woman in her 20s died early Friday after someone fired several shots into the back of her vehicle as she drove, Tacoma police said.

The shooting happened about 2:30 a.m. in the 2900 block of North Seventh Street.

Police spokeswoman Shelbie Boyd said the black SUV the woman was driving came to rest against another vehicle.

The driver was the only person inside, and traveled about a block after she was shot before the SUV stopped.

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Paramedics took the woman to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office has not identified her.

Boyd said it was clear the shooter meant to hit the SUV, as opposed to firing randomly.

But detectives didn’t know the relationship between the killer and victim, and are trying to identify suspects, she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

Residents in the area, including 31-year-old Jeff Fancher, who lives in an apartment by the scene, heard the shots.

He said the shots woke him up, and he and about 10 other people went to the woman’s car to try to help.

“Just everyone was calling 911 and freaking out,” he said.

Fancher said he didn’t recognize the woman or her SUV.

“I’ve never seen that car around here before,” he said.

Fancher’s neighbor, 22-year-old Matthew Firn, stepped outside to have a smoke about 6 a.m. and realized his car was part of the crime scene.

It was his car the woman’s SUV hit after the shooting.

“I saw the little plastic numbers they put next to bullet shells,” he said.

Firn said later in the day that he was still trying to understand the events of the morning.

“That is absurd and hard to process,” he said. “It’s scary, because we live there.”

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell