Two men were shot dead on Wednesday at an unused farm on East Pioneer Road, but none were immediately found there when deputies arrived, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.
A strange series of events began around 3 p.m., when a 911 subscriber reported a shooting and someone on the ground in the 5100 block on the road between Tacoma and Puyallup.
When the deputies arrived, the victims could not be identified on the spot. The property focuses on a large barn that seems to have once been inhabited by animals but is now filled and surrounded by rubbish.
“We found evidence of the shooting and talked to people on the property,” said a sheriff’s spokesman. Darren Moss.
At 4 p.m., the 33-year-old man’s wife called 911 and reported that her husband had been shot and she was at the couple’s residence near 64th East Street and 48th Avenue East, about 2-1 / 2 miles from the location The Pioneer Way.
“We went there, put on a tourniquet and stopped the bleeding,” Moss said.
It became known that the man was shot at the site of Pioneer Way East and drove home himself.
Firefighters took the man to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Moss said.
Meanwhile, investigators combed the property, looking for evidence and talking to witnesses.
“It wasn’t until 4:45 p.m. that another guy came up to us and said, ‘Hey, I got shot,'” Moss said. It is unknown where the man was before seeking help.
The 40-year-old man had serious injuries from at least one gunshot wound. He was also taken to a local hospital.
Earlier in the day, before the shooting, deputies visited the barn.
“Our deputies received complaints about squatters and stolen cars (at the location),” Moss added. “They were there actively.”
There were no detentions during the shooting. Investigators worked at the scene until the evening.
This story was originally published February 16, 2022 8:05 p.m.