PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. -- Deputies are investigating after a woman in her 60s was killed in a drive-by shooting.
It happened on Webster Road East and 309th Street East in Eatonville early Monday morning.
Ed Troyer of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department says deputies and medics responded to the scene at about 3:30 a.m. Monday after receiving a report of shots fired. When deputies arrived they found a woman in her mid-60s shot to death inside the home. She had been struck by a single bullet that penetrated an interior wall of the home and killed her.
Late Monday night, the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office identified the deceased woman as Joanne Boyer, 66, of Eatonville. The cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.
Troyer said it appears seven to 10 rounds were fired from a vehicle outside the home in a drive-by style shooting.
Deputies said six people lived in the house including two children. They believe that the home was targeted, but investigators did not have a description of a car or any suspects.
This is the second homicide in Pierce County in one day. Deputies are also investigating after a 22-year-old man was shot and killed overnight in the South Hill area.
These overnight homicides make 13 in Pierce County so far this year. That's more than there were in all of 2017 combined, according to Detective Ed Troyer.