3 dead, 1 injured in Thurston County shooting

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Police say that in addition to meth, investigators found heroin, several thousand dollars and about half a dozen firearms inside of a travel trailer where three people were found shot to death.

None of the weapons found were involved in Wednesday's shooting, said Chief Deputy Dave Pearsall, with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.

He said that they're not yet calling it a drug-related crime, but noted "this is a known area for some narcotics being sold."

Pearsall said that there was no sign of a struggle in the trailer in Lacey, Washington, and the two men were both shot in the head and the woman was shot in the back.

Investigators have talked with the man who survived the shooting and called 911, but Pearsall said he's still not coherent following surgery. He hasn't been ruled out as a suspect at this time, but is not currently a suspect, Pearsall said.


According to Thurston County sheriff's deputies, four people were shot around 5 a.m. in the 500 block of Dutterow Rd SE.

Pearsall said a man called 911 and said he had just been shot and his friends were dead.

Although the man said he didn't know where he was when he called 911, dispatch was able to use his cell phone to find his general location.

The 30-year-old from Olympia survived and underwent surgery at a local hospital, Pearsall said.

Officials also released the ages and hometowns of those killed and injured in Wednesday's shooting. The three people found dead in the trailer near Lacey, Washington were a 31-year-old woman, a 28-year-old Olympia man and a 36-year-old Elma man.

Pearsall said they did not yet have any information about any possible suspects.

It was not immediately known who the shooter is or what prompted the slayings.