1989 Tacoma Shootout Between Army Rangers and Crip Gangbangers: YT Doc Racks Up Million of Views

Youtuber Popo Medic's 12 minute documentary about an infamous shootout in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood is the documentary makers most viewed video to date at 14 million.

Crack cocaine exploded in America's inner cities in the 1980s, and it hit the Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma particularly bad. Crack was everywhere, and the block where Army Ranger William Faulk had recently purchased a home, it was no exception.


Tacoma's subset of the California based Crip gang ruled the neighborhood where they operated numerous drug houses on South Ash St. Faulk's attempt to peacefully combat the drug traffic by installing surveillance cameras around his property did not go over well with his new neighbors.


Tension in the neighborhood eventually reached a tipping point on the day that Faulk and about 15 fellow army rangers and attendees of a bbq he was hosting, began taking enemy fire. This was when all hell broke loose.


Reports of what actually happened vary that day. There is a great breakdown on forum from 2009 you can see here, The incident was even seen as part of a nationally televised episode of 48 hours a couple years later.


1990 CBS 48 Hours Special on Tacoma Drug and Gang Violence:


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