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A man panhandling outside a McDonald’s in Grand Mound was shot and killed Tuesday evening following a confrontation with the suspected shooter, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
The victim was a man in his 40s, according to Lt. Ray Brady. The suspect, a 59-year-old man from the Rochester area, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder.
The shooting was reported at 5:19 p.m. at the McDonald’s on Old Highway 99 Southwest, according to county dispatch.
According to Brady, the two men got into an argument in the parking lot and the suspect pulled out a gun. Brady, who described the victim as a transient, said it was unclear what the argument was about.
The Sheriff’s Office later wrote on Facebook the victim was panhandling in the parking lot when he was confronted by the suspect in a vehicle.
The McDonald’s was closed for the investigation but the road remained open.