Tacoma Woman Slain In Parking Lot

TACOMA - A 27-year-old woman was shot and killed as she sat in her car in a suburban Tacoma apartment complex parking lot, the Pierce County sheriff's office said.

Spokesman Bob Van Gieson said the woman, Janice Amato of Tacoma, and a friend pulled into the parking lot of the Orchard Crest Apartments, on Hannah-Pierce Road in Lakewood, around 1 a.m. yesterday.

The friend got out of the car. As she walked away, she told police, she heard voices, then two shots.

Van Gieson said Amato was shot twice at close range. Robbery is the likely motive, he said, but apparently nothing was taken from the car or the victim.