Teenager shot dead while leaving Tacoma party

Teenager shot dead while leaving Tacoma party
Police continue to investigate Saturday morning at the scene of the deadly shooting.
TACOMA, Wash. - A 17-year-old boy was shot from behind and killed Saturday morning as he was leaving a party in Tacoma, and the shooter remains at large, police officials said.

Officers responded to the scene, in the 1600 block of Center Street in Tacoma, at about 5 a.m. after receiving a report of shots fired, said Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum.

When police arrived, they found the 17-year-old victim's body. He was later identified as Billy Ray Shirley III of Tacoma.

An investigation found that about 100 or more people, mostly in their 30s or 40s, had been attending an after-hours party at a rented-out facility.

Shirley, who was not invited to the party, showed up there to check on someone. Some kind of fight erupted between two groups, and shots were fired as the teen was leaving.

Shirley was hit from behind and killed by the gunfire. Police haven't yet determined if he was an intended target.

Officers say many party-goers jumped out of windows and leapt over fences as soon as they heard gunfire. Eight vehicles and about 35 people were still at scene when police arrived.

Officers interviewed those who were there, but so far have not made any arrests.