Victims in Lacey shooting have local ties

The victims shot in Lacey had ties to Grays Harbor, including the man who survived and is now in the hospital.

The three men all attended Hoquiam High School.

The Olympian newspaper reports that the Thurston County Coroner’s office released the identities of the two men and one woman shot to death early Wednesday morning east of Lacey.

The woman’s body found in a camping trailer just off Dutterow Road was identified as 31-year-old Terron R. McGrath of Olympia.

The men, also found in the trailer, were 28-year-old Jackson L. Edens of Olympia and 36-year-old Gerald M. Berkey of Elma.

Sources have told KXRO that the 28 year old man who is in the hospital as well as Edens and Berkey are former Hoquiam students but the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office has yet to release the survivor’s name.

Coroner Gary Warnock said that all three victims died of gunshots, but declined to provide more details so as not to compromise the investigation.

Dave Pearsal of the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t have a suspect, and they also have not found the weapon used.

On Wednesday, deputies found a half-pound of methamphetamine and black tar heroin in the trailer, along with several thousand dollars in cash, one handgun and five rifles, Pearsall said.

McGrath and Edens lived in the trailer, he said.

Deputies responded to the scene when a man called 911 about 5:15 a.m. Wednesday and told dispatchers he had been shot, his friends were dead and he didn’t know where he was, according to Pearsall.

The man’s cellphone signal to track the call to a small, fifth-wheel camping trailer behind a residence on the 500 block of Dutterow Road Southeast.

The caller was found lying on the ground near Dutterow, shot in the chest, and was taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.

The surviving victim underwent surgery and was in stable condition Thursday.

Pearsall said the survivor isn’t likely a person of interest.



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