Investigation into Sunday shooting turned over to sheriff’s office but details still scarce

The investigation into a shooting Sunday that resulted in a 34-year-old man’s death has been turned over to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, but few details have been released.

Police in Lacey had been investigating the shooting, which they previously said happened near 13th Avenue Southeast and College Street Southeast. But on Wednesday, detectives determined the shooting actually occurred in a parking lot at Martin Way East at Hensley Street Northeast, according to Lacey Cmdr. Chris Ward. That area is in unincorporated Thurston County.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Carla Carter said Thursday the shooting may have been drug related. She said deputies are investigating, and more information will be released in the coming weeks.

Lacey police responded to 13th Avenue Southeast and College Street Southeast at about 7 p.m. Sunday for a report of shots fired, and found shell casings. They were then called to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, where a shooting victim had been brought in by a friend.

The victim, 34-year-old Chris Knoblock, later died.

Lacey police made one arrest as part of the investigation, though it was not related to the shooting. A person of interest in the case was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a handgun and has been lodged in a Grays Harbor County jail, according to Ward.

Reporter Rolf Boone contributed to this report.

Abby Spegman: 360-704-6869, @AbbySpegman