The bars close at 2:00am in Tacoma. A frequent question around last call is ‘Where is the after party?’ Many nights, especially on the weekends, the after party can be found at an empty downtown warehouse. This past weekend, an after party was at a warehouse on South 23rd and Fawcett.
In the early hours of Sunday, April 15th, 40-year-old Bruce ‘Deymon’ Price got into an argument with someone in the alley behind the warehouse. Around 4:30am multiple 911 calls reported shots fired. There are some reports that there was a gunfight. As police responded to the scene, a handful of vehicles were seen leaving. Some people stayed behind and tried to help Deymon, but he was later pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s hospital becoming Tacoma’s fourth homicide of 2012.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because Deymon isn’t the only person to die at a warehouse after party in Tacoma. Last August 17-year-old Billy Shirley III was shot and killed outside an after party about a mile away from where Bruce Price was found.
These deaths make it clear that the late night warehouse party scene has become a problem for the City of Tacoma. I’m all for people getting together and having a good time but when gatherings start to have body counts, something needs to be done.
At the time of this writing, the motive for the murder of Deymon Price is unclear and there are no suspect descriptions. As always, the comments section is for those who knew Deymon Price or have something to say about his death. I personally moderate the comments so any hate speak, threats, or other outright offensive comments will not be tolerated. This is a place for friends and family to share their remembrances if they want to.
Hopefully something is done about these warehouse parties and this is the last homicide like this I have to write up.
– Jack Cameron