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UPDATE: Gig Harbor Man Who Allegedly Shot at Custodians Near Goodman Middle School Charged

Douglas McRae, 59, was charged today with first- and second-degree assault. He allegedly shot at two custodians outside Goodman Middle School on Tuesday. His bail was set at $200,000.

UPDATE: 5:27 a.m., 1/17/13

We just got this statement from the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office:

Today Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Douglas McRae, 59, with Assault in the First Degree and Assault in the Second Degree for firing multiple shots at cars near his Gig Harbor home earlier this week. The defendant was arraigned today and bail was set at $200,000. 

“This case is concerning not just because of the firearms, but because of the strange behavior of the defendant,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Around 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, two women were locking the gates of an elementary school where they work when they heard three gunshots close by. The women got in their cars and were driving home when they both saw a man, later identified as the defendant, standing in the middle of the road with a rifle. The first woman accelerated and drove around the defendant as he cocked the rifle. As the second victim came upon the defendant, he fired two shots, one that hit her front passenger tire. The victims proceeded to a gas station, where they called police.

Officers responded to the area and arrested the defendant outside of his home. The defendant had two loaded guns, a mini 14 rifle and Glock handgun, in his possession. The defendant claimed he had arrived home to find a man and a woman leaving his house, carrying his guns, and he fired warning shots. Later, the defendant said a naked woman came to his door and, because of the cold, he had no choice but to let her in. He said he believed she had something to do with the robbery.

Officers executed a search warrant on the defendant’s house and found large amounts of ammunition and multiple weapons, which were seized. There were no obvious signs of a break in or burglary. No naked woman was found.

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ORIGINAL POST

A 59-year-old Gig Harbor man is in police custoday after shooting at two school custodians and assault rifles have been seized from his property.

The Tacoma News Tribune reports that the man fired on the two custodians while they were locking up Goodman Middle School around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night. A bullet hit a car's tire and the man was taken into custody by Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies at gunpoint. 

It is not clear why the man fired. Investigators found several high-powered rifles and lots of ammunition on his property, which is near the school.

"We found six assault-style rifles in the house, including SKS rifles and AR 15 and many 30 round magazines loaded. His property is next to Goodman Middle School. His house has bullet holes in it," said Pierce County Sheriff's spokeman Ed Troyer. "We don't know why he's not talking, we are exploring drugs, alcohol and/or mental health issues." 

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. 

Lori Goff January 18, 2013 at 01:22 AM
An unidentified 57-year old man fires an assault rifle at school employees in the middle of the night on Jan 15th. The gunman was taken to jail, and meanwhile his weapon arsenal is uncovered at his home. He's been storing 8 assault rifles along with an ammunition arsenal. The authorities find many of gun holes in his home. Doesn't this scenario beg the question why somebody would be allowed this fortress of weaponry in the first place? #1 What is this shooter's name, what is his address, and why was he able to legally assemble this weapon arsenal? #2 What is the PSD going to do to ensure that the shooter won't be a potential threat in the future, after he arrives home, especially given he lives across the street from two public schools, Goodman and Harbor Heights? #3 How can any parent be ensured in the future that our children are going to be safe, especially after the gunman returns safely to his home and is planning his next, potentially more elevated "gun frenzy"? The bottom line, assault weapons have no purpose to be legal when their only purpose is to kill people. I don't advocate elimination of guns, but instead support making assault weapons illegal. Why are they continued to be available in the hands of criminals and insane people, such as this gunman? Please stand up now and demand that assault weapons be banned. I'm all for safe, gun possession for those responsible residents out their who hunt, fire and target practice in the name of safe gun use.
Johnny Businessman January 18, 2013 at 01:41 AM
Defending freedom from evil government agents I'm sure. Good thing anyone in America can get an assault rifle or six.
James January 18, 2013 at 08:06 PM
This is EXACTLY the reason we need firearm limitations!.. This guy... has been caught.. when he is found guilty. .then.. he is not ever to own a firearm.. of any kind.. again!. And there you go.. He is obviously mentally not capable of sound reasoning. .NO GUNS FOR HIM!
Dave March 13, 2013 at 02:48 AM
Well I understand he has been released and is on house arrest. I don't know about gun control but how about criminal control. Fact is they can't afford to keep him in jail or a hospital. This is why it makes sense to pay taxes.

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