Two men and one woman are dead and one man wounded after they were found shot near Lacey.
LACEY, Thurston County — A shooting Wednesday that left three people dead inside a travel trailer near Lacey likely happened “real quick,” with each of the victims shot once with little time to react, according to the Thurston County’s Sheriff’s Office.
The shooter “entered and fired some rounds real fast,” said Chief Deputy Dave Pearsall.
The only survivor of the shooting was too incoherent after surgery to provide detectives with answers. Detectives hope to talk to the 30-year-old Olympia man on Thursday in hopes of determining a motive for a shooting in which a 31-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man, both from Olympia, and a 36-year-old man from Elma, Grays Harbor County, were killed.
Their names have not been released.
Inside the trailer, detectives found a half-pound of methamphetamine, as well as heroin, firearms and several thousand dollars in cash, Pearsall said. However, the gun used in the shooting had not been located as of Wednesday evening.
“We’re working to develop leads to figure out exactly what happened here,” Pearsall said. “We don’t know if this was a drug deal, but drugs were present.”
The wounded man, who apparently called 911 at 5:17 a.m., was shot in the chest, according to Pearsall. He was found lying in a driveway near the trailer and taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, where he was in stable condition after surgery Wednesday.
Pearsall said detectives were only able to speak with him briefly.
He said a suspect has not been identified, but investigators have not ruled out the wounded man.
“We’ve developed information that these folks inside this trailer, two of them lived there, and it was a place that drugs were being dealt out of,” he said.
Investigators believe just one weapon was used.
Pearsall said two rifles were found in the travel trailer, although they were not used in the shootings. He also said the methamphetamine found in the trailer did not appear to have been manufactured there.
He said detectives were not yet calling it a drug-related crime, but noted “this is a known area for some narcotics being sold.”
Pearsall said it doesn’t appear there was a struggle in the trailer before the shooting. The two slain men were shot in the head, he said, and the woman was shot in the back.
In addition to the trailer, detectives could be seen searching several vehicles on the property.
In the 911 call, the wounded man “said that he had been shot and his friends were dead,” Pearsall said, adding that the man said he did not know where he was.
Law enforcement used technology to trace him to the 500 block of Dutterow Road Southeast.
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Pearsall said detectives believe the shooting occurred Wednesday morning, although neighbors offered different accounts of when they heard gunshots.
A woman whose daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren live in a mobile home near the travel trailer said her 14-year-old grandson heard gunshots around 5 a.m. Wednesday.
“Our grandson was playing video games and he heard the shots and someone cry out. He knew something was wrong,” said the woman, who asked not to be named.
The boy told other family members, but they didn’t think much of it, and the grandson couldn’t tell where the shots had come from, she said.
Jan Phipps, who lives across the street, said she heard several gunshots around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Phipps said she was standing in her backyard with her dog when she heard “three distinctive shots.”
Phipps, whose backyard has a view of the property where the shooting occurred, said she didn’t notice any cars coming or going Tuesday night.
Phipps said that the trailer is parked on the property and is rented out.
“It scares me, and it makes me mad,” said Phipps. “That little bit of innocence that I had left is not there right now.”