Thurston County man hospitalized after early-morning shooting

A 44-year-old Thurston County man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after a shooting early Wednesday morning, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Ray Brady said the details of the case are hazy — deputies have no suspect, or even a description of the alleged shooter.

Deputies responded to a home on the 9000 block of Blomberg Street Southwest, south of Tumwater, after a man reported that he had been shot by an unknown suspect at about 4:15 a.m. The man had a gunshot wound to his face and another on his foot, Brady said.

The man, who lives alone, told deputies he woke up that morning and saw a small-stature silhouette standing over him. He didn’t know who the person was, or whether they were male or female. The suspect then shot him in the face.

The man and the suspect struggled for the gun, and at some point the man was shot in the foot. The suspect fled. The gun was found at the scene, and belongs to the resident, Brady said.

He was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital, in Olympia.

Brady said the home showed no sign of forced entry and nothing was taken.

“We’re still working through the case, but we have no indication that this was a random act,” Brady said. “There’s no perceived threat to the public.”