Vancouver Police investigate shooting and assault

The Vancouver Police Department is investigating a shooting and assault that took place in a parking lot.
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Laufilitonga K. Tamoua, 18, was arrested for Assault I and booked into the Clark County Jail

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Police Department is investigating a shooting and assault that took place in a parking lot.

On Thursday (May 19) at about 4:39 p.m., Vancouver Police responded to reports of a shooting and a large physical fight in the parking lot outside an apartment complex at 4619 NE 112th Ave. 

In addition to the initial crime scene location, a possible suspect vehicle was reported to be fleeing the area and multiple involved subjects were reported to be walking away from the area.  The suspect vehicle was stopped at a nearby business and three males (one 18-year-old and two 17-year old’s) were detained. 

The investigation revealed that Laufilitonga K.Tamoua, 18, allegedly had an altercation earlier in the day with two juvenile males and pointed a firearm at them. The two juveniles and another 18-year-old male showed up in the afternoon at Tamoua’s apartment to confront him and he armed himself with a firearm. 

The three males threw rocks and/or used a slingshot to project ball bearings toward Tamoua, in response he fired the gun at them. Tamoua gave the gun to another male, who took off in the vehicle that was later located by police. 

The apartment complex property sustained damage from both firearm and slingshot projectiles. There were no serious injuries reported. 

Laufilitonga K. Tamoua, was arrested for Assault I and booked into the Clark County Jail. 

Additionally, charges were referred for Assault II and Malicious Mischief for an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old who were also involved in the incident. 

The investigation is continuing. 

Information provided by Vancouver Police Department.

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