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A 26-year-old man was shot and critically wounded Wednesday night at the Puyallup apartment complex where he lives.

The suspect, a 32-year-old man who also lives at the Stillwater Apartments, initially fled the scene, but police said he returned about an hour later and was arrested.

He was booked into the Pierce CountyJail on assault charges.

The victim was shot in the stomach and transported to Tacoma General Hospital.

The suspect and victim did not appear to know each other prior to the shooting. However, police said a dispute and exchange of words led up to the incident.

A handgun was recovered.

The StillwaterApartments are located 947 9th Street Southeast in Puyallup.

KING 5's Lindsay Chamberlain compiled this report.

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