Puyallup

Police hunting for gang member charged with murder

Police hunting for gang member charged with murder
Courtesy of Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers.

PUYALLUP, Wash. -- Police are searching for a 22-year-old gang member charged with shooting and killing a 21-year-old man he felt disrespected him by failing to give a fellow gang member a beer, according to the Pierce County Sheriff's Office.

Eric Contreras was charged with the murder of Victor Zaldivar Wednesday, and a warrant was issued for his arrested.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, Contreras and other members of the Playboyz street gang were at a party in the 3700 block of 40th Avenue East near Puyallup early Nov. 2 when one of the gang members asked Zaldivar for a beer. Zaldivar didn't give him one.

As Zaldivar was leaving the party, the Playboyz confronted him, feeling that he and and his friends had been disrespecting them.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, Contreras shoved Zaldivar. And when Zaldivar tried to punch Contreras, Contreras reportedly pushed him to the ground and shot him in the chest.

After killing Zaldivar, Contreras went home, did a load of laundry and disappeared, failing to show up for work the next day, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

“This is another unfortunate example of senseless gang violence,” Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said in a press release. "We invite the public to provide the Pierce County Sheriff's Department with any information concerning the defendant's whereabouts."