Peace vigil planned in response to Puyallup shooting spree


Puyallup residents still reeling from a gunman’s rampage and the killing of a 71-year-old neighbor are invited to attend a community vigil Sunday.

Puyallup United Methodist Church, 1919 W. Pioneer Ave., will open its doors for the 6 p.m. event. It will begin in the sanctuary before participants move outside to three peace poles by candlelight.

The church is near where a shooter on Tuesday led police on an eight-minute chase that ended near the Washington State Fairgrounds.

Police say Nathan Terault, 34, of Tacoma, shot and killed Richard Johnson after being confronted in the 500 block of 14th Avenue Southwest while prowling through Johnson’s pickup truck.

Terault then allegedly fired at more than a dozen people, striking 13 houses with bullets, and carjacked an SUV that he used to flee from officers.

The burst of violence came to an end when Terault was shot in the leg by one officer and pinned beneath a vehicle by another officer. Terault remained in the hospital Friday.

The Methodist church has personal ties to people affected by the shooting spree.

Johnson’s wife, Sally, teaches in the onsite preschool, and one of the people who called 911 early in the incident is a member of the church, said the Rev. Karen Yokota, associate pastor.

“It’s definitely hit home,” she said.

Residents of all faiths, or no faith, are invited to “come as they are” to Sunday’s vigil, she said.

“We’re hosting it so people can come together and have a place for peace and for mourning, and just to be,” she said.

Matt Misterek: 253-597-8472