Twenty-year-old Dowell Thorn III and a friend dropped off a third person in 4300 block of South Cedar Street. Another man walked up and words were exchanged. The argument ended when the man pulled out a gun and shot Dowell in the torso and his friend in the leg. The man then got into a car and drove off.
The wounded Dowell got into his car and chased the gunman. He got about a half mile away before hitting a car and a utility pole. The friend and Dowell were both taken to area hospitals. Dowell was pronounced dead hours later.
Tacoma Police say they know who murderer is and it is likely only a matter of time before they catch him.
There are a few Tacoma lessons here. One is that most arguments are worth it. You’re probably not going to convince anyone and if the guy is a psycho, it can lead to bad things. Another lesson is that if you ever get shot, the thing to do is not chase down the guy who did it, get medical help. You are not Bruce Willis. You are not Mel Gibson. A gunshot wound is something that sends you to the hospital. Get patched up, then go get revenge. Or just do the smart thing and let the cops know who did it and let the wheels of justice slowly grind the sucker down.
This is homicide number 14 of 2007.