In many ways, it was close to a fair fight.
Six people – dressed in camouflage and carrying shotguns, handguns and knives – approached a Lakebay house Thursday night. Inside the home, at least three men – also armed with guns – were ready for them.
After the two groups fired 50 to 100 rounds at each other, one man was dead and two were wounded. Five people ended up in jail, and another three were on the run.
The showdown left neighbors rattled and many questions unanswered.
“All we know is everybody was armed on both sides,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. “The real victims here are the neighbors.”
On Friday, residents of the wooded Key Peninsula community said they were nervous. Some said they were taking the unprecedented step of locking their doors – fearful that some of the attackers might still be roaming the area.
“I’m surprised that something so violent could happen here,” said Roger McKnight of Lakebay.
Sheriff’s detectives continued Friday to piece together what happened at the home in the 19100 block of Second Street KPN. They were trying to figure out how many people were involved in the shootout and what prompted it.
Investigators said they suspect the attackers were from South King County and might have gone to the Lakebay home after an earlier OxyContin deal went bad. Detectives also found a marijuana-grow operation in a mobile trailer behind the house, Troyer said.
Detectives arrested three men, 20, 28 and 29, who they believe were in the house during the shootout and booked them into the Pierce County Jail on suspicion of murder. The 28-year-old man lived in the home was wounded and taken to the hospital. He was booked after being released.
Also arrested was a 22-year-old Burien woman believed to be the attackers’ getaway driver and a 27-year-old man suspected of being an attacker. She was booked into jail on suspicion of murder. Investigators also were looking into the possibility she helped plan the attack, Troyer said.
The man, who was wounded, was booked for investigation of first-degree assault and attempted robbery.
The Medical Examiner’s Office has not released the name of the dead man, who was believed to be one of the attackers. He was 44 and the father of the 27-year-old suspected attacker, Troyer said.
As for any additional charges in connection with the shootout and the pot-growing operation, prosecutors will decide that “once we get the whole thing unraveled,” Troyer said.
The gun battle started shortly before 8:30 p.m. Thursday and continued “into the road, into the driveway” and down the road, Troyer said. Neighbors called 911 to report hearing what sounded like machine gun fire. Meanwhile, members of both groups fled.
Deputies arrived and found one man dead of multiple gunshot wounds just inside the home’s front doorway, Troyer said. The man was dressed in camouflage and wielding a shotgun.
Deputies found his son wounded at the side of Tiedman Road KPN a short time later.
Staff writers Debbie Cafazzo and Kris Sherman contributed to this report.