Alleged shooter on the run in Wednesday's Lacey homicide

Court papers: homicide was the result of marijuana deal gone-bad

Staff writerJanuary 23, 2014 

Police investigate a fatal shooting in Lacey Wednesday evening.


Lacey police are trying to locate two juvenile boys in connection with Wednesday night's shooting death of a 34-year-old man outside the College Glen Apartments - including the suspect who allegedly pulled the trigger, court papers state.

Thurston County Coroner Gary Warnock confirmed the victim's name is Daniel L. Smith, of Lacey. 

"(B)oth juveniles are on the run and may be hiding in Thurston or Pierce Countes," reads a news release from the Lacey Police Department.

The shooting in the parking lot of the apartment complex in the 4800 block of 55th Lane SE occurred as a result of a marijuana deal gone bad, court papers state.

A group of five males had set up a meeting to purchase marijuana from the 34-year-old homicide victim, court papers state. Most of the young men "were wearing blue and associated with the Crips gang," court papers state.

The five males did not bring money to the prearranged drug buy. However, one of them brought a loaded gun, according to court papers.

Lacey police have arrested three males in connection with Wednesday night's homicide. Two of the males will have court appearances Wednesday afternoon after their arrests on suspicion of first-degree murder.

It was unclear Wednesday whether the juvenile, also arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder, would have a court appearance Thursday.

According to court documents:

One of the suspects arrested by Lacey police has told detectives that the shooting victim refused to show them the marijuana until they showed him the money, which they did not have. One suspect "then pulls a handgun out," as the shooting victim sat behind the wheel of his car at the College Glen Apartments.

As the suspect "points the gun into the car cocking the gun," the victim started to drive forward, and the armed suspect "fires the gun."

The victim died, apparently of a gunshot wound to his torso.

Two of the suspects, including the alleged shooter, fled on foot. Three others returned to their apartment. The alleged shooter and the other suspect still at-large later returned to the apartment and called someone for a ride.

The three suspects placed under arrest were taken into custody early Thursday morning at a Lacey apartment complex.

The victim's family has set up a fund-raising web site at




Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445

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