Investigators say it was around 1 o'clock when a security alarm went off in the 1200 block of S. 72nd Street. The security company contacted Tacoma police alerting them to the alarm.
When officers arrived, they found the door was already open and the alarm was still going off. Inside, officers found a man in his 50s who had been shot multiple times.
Police have several pieces of the puzzle, but they don't yet know how they fit. A witness told neighbor Joe Bertrand what she saw:
"All she said is she heard one bang, a lady came out of the house wrapped in a blanket, across the street, running, looked weird; she got into a van parked right over here that's all she said," Bertrand said.
For detectives, it's a solid lead. But after a quick canvass of the neighborhood, they couldn't find anyone else who saw or heard anything.
Forensic teams are trying to find anything thing the killer left behind. There's no sign of anyone breaking in, and they can't tell yet if anything's been stolen.
"At this time, I don't know," said Officer Andrew Hankins. "Nobody else was here. We haven't contacted any of the relatives so it would be hard to tell."
Neighbors say the man lived by himself and ran a Bobcat rental business out of his home. They say it was obvious business was good.
They've seen people come and go -- more now since the weather has been nice -- but they've not seen anything suspicious.
"He's just a pretty nice guy," said neighbor Andre Bailey. "He didn't talk much to people."
'He was busy all of the time," added neighbor Gary Whitwell. "All I ever see him is out back working on his equipment. He's forever changing tires, buckets, whatever people wanted."
Police still don't have a motive yet, but they do believe the man was targeted.