A 47-year-old man from Oakville, Washington is the person being described as a hero for shooting and killing alleged rampaging carjacking gunman Tim O. Day, 44, of McCleary Sunday in a Tumwater, Washington Walmart parking lot, police said.
The armed civilian, who Tumwater police spokeswoman Laura Wohl said asked to not be named, also administered first aid to the victim shot by Day during an attempted carjacking, police said.
The wild, chaotic and terrifying crime spree in the city just south of Olympia was allegedly perpetrated by Day, police said. He has a lengthy criminal history with arrests dating back to 1992, according to Washington State court records.
The rampage that ended after multiple carjackings and attempted carjackings, a victim shot and critically injured, a teenage boy hurt, albeit not seriously, and the suspect himself dead, actually began with a report to police of an erratic driver.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. A Number of Armed Citizens Were Prepared to Shoot Day
Wohl told Heavy police were “respecting the wishes” of the man called a hero and declined to name him save to say he is 47 and from Oakville.
Witnesses said he saved lives.
“He is a hero. He is a hero,” a witness said on camera to a local reporter. “This guy could have taken out more people (meaning the alleged gunman), wounded or killed …yeah, if he hadn’t acted …he (the reported gunman) was just running around the parking lot randomly …if this customer hadn’t done what he did …yeah, yeah. He’s a hero. I don’t know how else to describe it.”
Reporter Austin Jenkins public station NW News Network tweeted out “Brian went to aid of shooting victim in #Walmart parking lot in Tumwater. Says armed pastor who is firearms expert killed gunman.”
And there were other armed citizens ready to confront and fire on the suspect.
“Just spoke with mom who’s keys are still inside the Walmart. She said her husband was one of three men who pulled their own guns on shooter,” Patrick Quinn tweeted.
According to local media, a witness said the armed citizen who shot Day “…didn’t hesitate, he didn’t hesitate, he knew what to do.'”
Police said, “Two shoppers in the store were legally carrying firearms and heard the shots.”
The two people saw Day with a gun and followed him to the parking lot. Police said Day “again tried to carjack a vehicle in the parking lot, and shot the driver when he did not comply.”
Then Day “approached a second car and driver” and when the “driver backed away, one of the armed citizens shot the suspect.” Day died “at the scene.”
After shooting Day, the armed civilian who took Day down “immediately retrieved his first aid kit from his car and rendered aid to the victim of the attempted carjacking.”
The victim, Ricky Fievez, 48, is in critical condition. His son told local media his father, gunned down on Father’s Day, is “currently paralyzed from the neck down due to Shrapnel in his spine.”
2. A Report of a Wrong-Way or Drunk Driver Was Actually a Carjacking & Shooting
The frenetic and frightening episode began, police said, “in Olympia at about 4:40 p.m. when Olympia Police were notified of a possible carjacking at an area gas station.”
The suspect, now identified as Day, “approached a family and attempted to take their car, but was not successful. He took off driving the wrong way on Highway 101, and “quickly exited into the City of Tumwater.”
Police said Day “drove erratically on Tumwater streets and crashed the vehicle at the intersection of Tyee Drive and Israel Road SW,” a location near Tumwater High School. Initail reports said shots were fired at or near the high school; police said that was not accurate.
Day then “left his car and attempted to carjack at least two other vehicles, fired shots at the vehicles, and demanded owners abandon their cars,” police said.
Day was apparently successful in “carjacking a third vehicle that he drove to WalMart on Littlerock Road.”
Sunday police said in an evening press release that “there are no other suspects in the carjacking incidents or reported shootings.” But according to local media, a woman claims her son was nearly carjacked by the suspect and fired on. That has not been confirmed by police.
When Day got to WalMart, he went inside the store.
3. Inside the Store, People Heard Gunshots, Panicked & Hundreds Ran With Screams of ‘Shooter! Get Out, Get Out!’
“We were at the checkout and there is a flood of people running shouting, ‘Shooter! Get out, get out!'”
KIRO TV reported a woman inside the store with her kids “…looked over and saw hundreds of people running out. … Just a flood of people and everyone was screaming and frantic. … When we got about to the door, I heard someone say, ‘Gun. Shooter.’ And I knew something was serious.”
“We all just dropped our stuff in the store and ran for our lives.”
In its official statement on the incident, Tumwater police descriebd what happened inside the store:
“The suspect entered the store, proceeded to the sporting goods section where he fired at a locked ammunition display case, removed some ammunition, and exited the store. Two shoppers in the store were legally carrying firearms and heard the shots. The shoppers observed the suspect with a gun, and followed him to the parking lot.”
Monday morning, the store remained closed.
A statement issued by Walmart read, ““We are shocked that this happened on our property, and our thoughts and prayers are with those injured and affected. We are working closely with law enforcement on the investigation and are referring additional questions to them.”
4. Day’s Long Criminal History Included Felony Domestic Abuse. He Tortured His First Ex-Wife & Children & She’s Praying For His Victims. His Second Ex-Wife Said he Had a ‘Bad Meth Problem’ & She Felt Sad For Him
Police said Monday Day’s criminal history, which includes a number of felony domestic violence convictions meant he was not allowed to have a gun.
As reported by Jenkins, Day’s ex-wife said, “I’m not real shocked … but my heart is so sad, I thought he was doing better. I told everyone he’s going to get himself killed. He has a bad meth problem. I’m so sad.”
But his first ex-wife Rachel Nicholson told Heavy that she does not feel sad for him in the least. Quite the opposite. Her feelings are for his victims and she said she was grateful for the opportunity to “clarify which ex wife ‘feels sad’ for him. I do not.”
Nicholson said she and her children too were Day’s victims.
Day “tortured, abused and held prisoner myself and my 3 kids for the entire time we were married. And he stalked me and my children after we separated,” she said.
“I am saddened for the innocent people that he terrorized and injured on Sunday,” Nicholson said. “I will continue praying for the Fievez family. Their lives are now forever changed due to the horrific actions of Tim.”
5. Early Reports Were Conflicting & Police Issued Corrections & Clarifications Monday
Initial reports were conflicting.
It was reported that the “shooting starting in the sporting goods section of the store. The shooter at some point moved through the store and out into the parking lot. There, the shooter was apparently confronted by one or more customers who were carrying guns.”
That version was debunked but in Mondays’ police statement, that appears to be exactly what happened.
A number of other early reports Sunday were clarified and corrected by police:
“The news release of June 17, 2018 described an injured individual as a 16 year old female, but should have been identified as a 16 year old male. A second victim at the Israel Road and Tyee Drive crime scene was treated by medics for minor injuries.
The local high school was not involved in the incident at any point. This was designated as a Level 1 Mass Casualty Incident for emergency responders – however, the incident did not result in mass casualties.”