Crime

Coroner identifies victim in Wednesday night Ruddell Road shooting

One person was killed and two more were injured in shooting Wednesday night in the 6100 block of Ruddell Road Southeast, near Lacey.
One person was killed and two more were injured in shooting Wednesday night in the 6100 block of Ruddell Road Southeast, near Lacey. Staff writer

The Thurston County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed Wednesday night in an alleged “drug deal gone wrong” as 19-year-old Alex Thomas-Anderson of Olympia.

Coroner Gary Warnock said Thomas-Anderson died of massive internal bleeding caused by a gunshot wound to the chest.

Thurston County sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Rudloff said detectives are still investigating the incident, and are interviewing several people who were at the scene when Thomas-Anderson was shot.

Deputies responded to reports of multiple shots fired at a home in the 6100 block of Ruddell Road, just outside of Lacey, at 8:55 p.m. Wednesday, Rudloff said. Witnesses reported seeing several people leave the home on foot and in cars after the gunfire.

When deputies arrived, they found Thomas-Anderson, who died at the scene. They located three other people in the home, and learned that about 10 people had been present at the time of the shooting and that more than one gun was involved, Rudloff said.

Two other gunshot victims arrived at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia a short time later, and detectives were sent to the hospital to collect their statements. Three other people who had been involved in the incident were contacted at another location.

Rudloff said no arrests have been made yet.

Amelia Dickson: 360-754-5445

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