One of the armed citizens credited with taking out a carjacking suspect who went on a rampage in a Washington state Walmart parking lot Sunday reportedly is a pastor in the area, FOX News reports.
The 47-year-old Oakville man, who has not been identified, shot and killed the suspect outside the Supercenter in Tumwater, The Olympian reported Monday.
The man was described by a police spokesperson has a local pastor with a concealed carry permit.
The unidentified man shot and killed the suspect, 44-year-old Tim Day, after he embarked on a violent spree that left three people injured — including a 48-year-old man who was shot twice when he refused to give up his car, according to Q13 Fox.
The man who was wounded by gunfire was airlifted to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition in the ICU.
His son, Kyle Fievez, told the Olympia-area newspaper that his father was shot in the neck and torso, and that bullet fragments were lodged near his spine.
A GoFundMe account set up for the man said he “lost his spleen and part of his pancreas,” and “also ruptured his stomach… he is paralyzed from the neck down.”
The Olympian reports that Laura Wohl, spokeswoman for the Tumwater Police Department, said an adult man who had been shot was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was shot while the armed suspect tried to carjack his vehicle, Wohl said.
A citizen with his own weapon shot the suspect outside Walmart. He is still on scene and being interviewed by law enforcement.
It is not clear if the shooter ever entered the store, despite customers’ reports that he had been, Wohl said. It also was not clear whether shots were fired inside the store, she said. It’s possible customers heard a gun being fired outside.
The story actually began as a report of a drunken driver in the area of Israel Road and Tyee Drive near the Toyota dealership. People reported a driver was driving in the wrong direction in that vicinity. Police later determined that it was actually a carjacking, Wohl said.
Shots were fired in that area, and a 16-year-old girl was injured but not fatally. The suspect then headed to Walmart, Wohl said.
Kailani Bailey, a witness who was inside the Supercenter at the time of the alleged shooting, told the newspaper a tall man was shoving people out of the way and telling them to “move,” FOX News reports.
She said that moments later she heard multiple popping sounds coming from inside the store. “Then somebody yelled, ‘Run, run!’ and everyone took off.”
“When I got outside, I heard more pop, pop, pop,” she said.
Caitlyn Wallner of Tenino was standing in the self-checkout line. She heard, “pop, pop, pop,” but thought something heavy had fallen onto the floor. Then she looked at an older gentleman in the store who said, “There’s a guy shooting. Everybody run!”
She didn’t think it was real at first, but the gunshots kept happening, Wallner said. She fled the store, but had dropped everything, including her car keys. She eventually found a woman in her car near the parking lot exit and banged on the door to help. The woman let her get in the car, Wallner said.
“Just drive, please drive,” she told the woman. Wallner said as she ran out of the store she heard more shots.
Kailani Bailey, 19, of Lacey also was inside the Walmart grocery shopping when a tall man in a gray T-shirt and jeans sprinted into the building, shoving people out of the way and shouting “Move, move!”
Then, moments later, she heard a “pop, pop, pop” coming from what she said was the other side of the store, and she said everyone froze. “Then somebody yelled ‘Run, run!’ and everyone took off,” Bailey said. “When I got outside, I heard more pop, pop, pop.”
Bailey said she got over to her car, but knew she wouldn’t be able to get out of the parking lot because many people were trying to flee. That’s when she said she saw the tall man in the gray T-shirt come out the front door of the store and start trying to get into a series of parked cars.
When she was able to move her car, she came upon a woman who had run out of the store but couldn’t find her car. She was hiding on the ground crying. Bailey said she told the woman to get into her car and they escaped to a nearby car wash.
She said about that time the neighboring Costco store started evacuating its customers.
“I’m glad I was able to help that woman, but I wish I could have helped more,” Bailey told The Olympian.
We send our thoughts and prayers out to everyone involved in this senseless act.
As far as the dead killer goes, may he rot in hell for eternity.