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Argument over a beer leads to murder

contreras, eric

Eric Contreras

TACOMA — An argument over a beer ended in a deadly shooting in Puyallup, according to the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office.

Eric Contreras, 22, is charged with murder for allegedly shooting 21-year-old Victor Zaldivar in the chest at a party.

Prosecutors say several men claiming to be members of the ‘Playboyz’ street gang were at a party on 40th Avenue East in Puyallup Saturday night.  One of them asked the victim for a beer, and he refused.

The gang members laid in wait for the him to leave the party, and confronted him.  That’s when police say Contreras pushed Zaldivar to the ground, then pulled out a gun and shot him.

Prosecutors say Contreras then went home, did a load of laundry, and went on the run.  He hasn’t shown up to work all week.   They say he’s armed and dangerous and they’re asking anyone who’s seen him to call police.

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9 Comments to “Argument over a beer leads to murder”

    Guest said:
    November 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Must have been good beer…no Natural Light for these clowns! Let these wannabe gangbanger bitches shoot each other, no big deal. Good riddance to bad rubbish

    Bad Bob said:
    November 6, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    What do you expect for the west side of the state? You Liberals allow this kind of trash to populate your cities. You sleep with dogs you get fleas. Keep restricting and hobbling your police and passing laws allowing drugs and it will get worse.
    Liberals are mentally ill walking people.

    esco said:
    November 6, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    He'll probably get snagged at the T.J. border. I'm sure they have his picture and if he gets across, he's stuck there.

    Cait said:
    November 6, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    I went to school with this guy…I hope they find him…I kinda figured he would have gotten into some sort of trouble…

    Slam1263 said:
    November 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    They are only here to commit the crimes Americans are to lazy to do themselves.

    Kimberly said:
    November 7, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    At least he's running with clean clothes.

    Guest said:
    November 7, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    It is time to be preemptive towards these type of dangerous criminal organizations… If someone is known to be in a gang or hanging out with known gang members they get a friendly warning about leaving that lifestyle and potential negative behaviors behind… If they don't head the warning they will be arrested, flown out over the ocean on a military plane and pushed out… Very clear and simple with an opportunity to change…

      Guest said:
      November 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      It's much harder than you think to just leave a gang… Most of those guys get in as kids without realizing the full extent of the consequences. Don't judge. Some of those guys are good people despite their pasts. Everyone makes mistakes.

    Guest said:
    November 7, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Misleading title, and stupid title

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