A 70-year-old man was arrested late Saturday, April 30, after shooting and injuring a man he wrongly believed was stealing a cartful of groceries from a grocery store, according to Gig Harbor Police.
The victim was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma and treated for an injury that was deemed to be not life-threatening. He was released from the hospital Saturday night and provided a statement to detectives.
According to information provided by police, the 70-year-old confronted a 40-year-old man who was leaving the store with merchandise at around 11:20 p.m. For unknown reasons, the 70-year-old believed the younger man was shoplifting from the grocery store on Point Fosdick Drive.
The suspect attempted to block the exit. A physical struggle ensued before the suspect produced a 9 mm handgun.
He fired the weapon twice, according to police, hitting the victim on the side of the neck with one shot. The other shot hit glass inside the building.
The 70-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of first degree assault and booked into the Pierce County Jail.
Editor’s note: This story has been corrected since it was first posted. The 70-year-old man was arrested. A previous version had the wrong age for the man arrested.
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