The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is on the case, digging into a double homicide just outside an elementary school. The whole thing went down at a bus stop on the corner of South 112th Street and 12th Avenue South in Parkland, right across from James Sales Elementary.
The kids hadn’t poured into the school yet, but the teachers and staff were there, and they had to lock themselves in for a good 45 minutes.
Nye-Nye Lee, who lives nearby, didn’t miss the sound of those gunshots.
“It literally was like pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, and then pop pop,” Nye-Nye recounted.
As soon as those shots rang out, Nye-Nye knew exactly what was going on and took cover until the gunfire hushed.
“So, I came outside and hear the school lockdown. It was just like ‘lockdown, lockdown’,” she shared.
The fact that this shooting went down so close to her house, and worse, an elementary school, really got under her skin.
“Keep your kids close. Keep them safe, don’t let them walk down the streets by themselves no matter if you can see them or not because you never know what’s going to happen. This literally happened in broad daylight,” Nye-Nye exclaimed.
Pierce County’s investigators gave the lowdown—two dudes, late teens to early twenties, met their end in this mess. The police? Yeah, they’re giving those two a hard look.
Seems like they’re the prime suspects in their own demise. Just before the bullets started flying, these two had themselves a good old argument.
“We don’t know exactly what that fight was about,” Sgt. Darren Moss admitted. “Right now, it just sounds like it was an argument over nothing which led to both of them being dead now.”
Eyewitnesses at that bus stop, as bullets zipped through the air, didn’t wait around for a front-row seat. They scrambled pronto. But don’t fret, the cops managed to nab those folks and chat ’em up.
Around these parts, the folks hope the cops can wrestle the violence under control before school bells start ringing again.
“It’s uncomfortable, definitely uncomfortable because we’re residents around here we live here you want to feel safe,” Nye-Nye admitted. “Especially because this is a school where the kids are so it’s like what can we do to change it?”
The investigators from Pierce County, they’re doing their grind to ID the pair. And yeah, they’re poking around to see if this whole deal has any gang ties.