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In case you needed yet another reason to politely decline the next time you're invited to an after-hours warehouse party in Tacoma, you were provided

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Forty-Year-Old Bruce Price Murdered at Early-Morning Tacoma Warehouse Party

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In case you needed yet another reason to politely decline the next time you're invited to an after-hours warehouse party in Tacoma, you were provided yet another Sunday morning. A 40-year-old man was gunned down in an alley west of 23rd and South Fawcett Avenue in Tacoma at approximately 4:30 a.m., the result of a dispute that spilled out of party in a nearby building and led to "numerous shots being fired," according to Tacoma police.

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Billy Ray Shirley was murdered at a party in Tacoma's Nalley Valley in 2011
Warehouse parties in Tacoma have proven deadly before; 17-year-old Billy Ray Shirley III was gunned down in Aug. 2011 at a party in an empty building in Tacoma's Nalley Valley. The death of Shirley, a well-regarded high school student who volunteered his time in the community, was an especially senseless tragedy that reverberated grief throughout the community.

According to Tacoma police calls to 911 came in Sunday morning indicating there had been a flurry of gunfire near 23rd and South Fawcett Avenue and numerous vehicles fleeing the scene.


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As of Sunday only one shooting victim had been identified. The 40-year-old man, identified by the Pierce County Medical Examiner as Bruce Price, was hit multiple times and pronounced dead after arriving at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Police say detectives have interviewed "numerous witnesses," and are, not surprisingly, looking for more. So far no suspect information has been released.

Warehouse party killings in Tacoma have proven difficult to solve in the past. Police have yet to identify Shirley's killer - the only unsolved homicide in Tacoma in 2011.

The only silver lining: None of it involved a stolen rocket launcher.

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