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More details emerge in frantic trail of events that ended in Walmart shootings

The Tumwater Walmart along Littlerock Road Southwest remained closed Monday after a Sunday evening shooting left the armed suspect dead and two others injured.
The Tumwater Walmart along Littlerock Road Southwest remained closed Monday after a Sunday evening shooting left the armed suspect dead and two others injured. sbloom@theolympian.com

A new narrative emerged Monday of a carjacking and shooting spree in Tumwater that ended with an armed man shot dead in the Walmart parking lot.

A 44-year-old McCleary man, Tim O. Day, entered the store, headed for the sporting goods department and fired shots at a locked ammunition case to remove ammunition before he exited the store, Tumwater police now say.

On Sunday evening, Tumwater police couldn't confirm that the suspect had been in the store or fired shots there.

Police spokeswoman Laura Wohl said Day was known to law enforcement for past criminal activity. She also said there was some indication that Day suffered from mental health and drug abuse problems.

Day was ultimately shot and killed outside the store by a 47-year-old Oakville man that Tumwater police declined to identify. However, Wohl described him as an area pastor who does have a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Meanwhile, the 48-year-old man Day shot twice in the Walmart parking lot before being shot himself was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Monday.

An armed man is dead and two others are injured following an active shooter situation at the Walmart in Tumwater, WA, on Sunday, June 17.

The man's son, Kyle Fievez, told The Olympian Monday that his father was shot near the neck and in his torso, and that bullet fragments were near his spine. According to a GoFundMe page created for Kyle's father, the man is paralyzed from the neck down, and lost his spleen and part of his pancreas.

Police and Fievez on Monday helped sort out some of the details of a confusing narrative of events that ended Sunday at the Walmart off Littlerock Road.

According to Tumwater police, about 4:40 p.m. Sunday, Olympia police were notified about a possible carjacking at an area gas station. The suspect, Day, was unsuccessful, so he fled in his own vehicle, drove the wrong way on Highway 101 and exited into the city of Tumwater. He then drove erratically on Tumwater streets and crashed at Tyee Drive and Israel Road Southwest near the Toyota dealership.

Day then attempted to carjack at least two more vehicles there, including firing shots. Two people were injured: a 16-year-old boy (not a 16-year-old girl as previously reported) and a second person. Wohl did not have information on the second person.

Day successfully commandeered a third vehicle that he drove to Walmart, where he entered the store to get ammunition, then exited again.

Eyewitnesses describe the turmoil that occurred during the deadly shooting at the Walmart in Tumwater Sunday afternoon. The store remained closed Monday.

Fievez said his father and his mother, who works at the Walmart, had pulled into the parking lot to go shopping around 5 p.m. Sunday. As they approached the store, they heard someone yell, "Shooter, shooter," and quickly returned to their vehicle, a 2014 Ford Focus.

After they got back into their car, Day approached and fired multiple rounds through the car's glass, Fievez said. The gunman then circled around to the other side of the car, and Fievez's father made a last-ditch effort to leave by stomping on the gas pedal. That caused the car to spin around, Fievez said.

Day then moved on to another car. When the driver of that car backed away, the 47-year-old Oakville pastor shot Day, who died at the scene.

The Oakville pastor, who has some emergency medical training, helped Fievez's father before he was flown to Harborview.

The Walmart remained closed on Monday, but the corporation said it would reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"We are shocked that this happened on our property, and our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and affected," Walmart said in an issued statement. "We are working closely with law enforcement on the investigation and are referring additional questions to them."

Tumwater Fire Department and Thurston County Medic 5 provided assistance on Sunday, and the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, Olympia and Lacey police also responded to the scene. The incident was designated a Level 1 mass casualty for emergency responders, but it did not result in mass casualties.

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Help for those affected

The Tumwater Police Department will host a resource fair Wednesday for those impacted by Sunday evening's incident at Walmart.

The fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW. Representatives from the state Crime Victims Compensation program, crime victim advocates, mental health professionals and other local organizations will be on site, according to a news release..

Services offered at the fair are confidential and free. For more information, call TPD at 360-754-4200 or the Crime Victim's Advocacy Network at 1-888-288-9221.

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