Police seek clues after Army sergeant shot dead outside house party

Sgt. Timothy Hovey in a recent photo.

Sgt. Timothy Hovey in a recent photo.  (Q13 Fox)

One month before being deployed to Iraq, a local Army sergeant was murdered in Burien, Washington.

Army Sgt. Timothy Hovey, 27, who was stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, was shot multiple times Sunday morning after a house party.

The King County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t have a suspect or vehicle description. So investigators are still interviewing people who attended the party or lived nearby.

“This is not something you expect to be going on this close to your house,” said neighbor Katherine Nagy.

Nagy awoke to her family calling 911 after hearing at least four gunshots Sunday morning near their home.

“There had been a house party a couple blocks from where he had been shot and we understand he decided to go for a walk,” said sheriff's Sgt. Cindi West.

Hovey's friends found him in the neighborhood suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

“His friends pulled up, saw that he was shot and they loaded him up in their car and took him to Highline Hospital,” said West.

Hovey died a few hours later.

“Anytime there’s a shooting, anytime there’s a killing, it’s very scary,” said Nagy.

That’s why investigators are determined to find out who did it.

“It’s a terrible tragedy, we’re really hoping somebody will come forward. Somebody knows what happened,” said West.

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