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Three dead in Yakima, Wash., shooting as search for suspect continues

Three people were killed early Tuesday in a “random” shooting at a convenience store in Yakima, Wash., and police are searching for a suspect.

The shooting, which is described as random, happened around 3:30 a.m. at a Circle K, Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said during a press briefing.

“There was no apparent conflict between the parties. The buck just came in and started shooting,” the leader said. “We have store security videos and we are collecting other videos. There were also eyewitnesses who gave us information.

Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Jarid Haddock of Yakima County and said he was “armed and dangerous.”

Casey Schilperoort, spokesperson for the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, said Tuesday that authorities have located a residence they believe Haddock was at. A SWAT unit with Yakima Police is on scene, Schilperoort said around 10:30 a.m. PT.

Schilperoort was unaware of an arrest. No one with Yakima Police could be immediately reached for comment.

Police Chief Matt Murray during a briefing at the scene of a shooting in Yakima, Wash., early Tuesday morning.Yakima Police Department / via Facebook

Murray said the suspect, who was not in disguise, first tried to enter a convenience store whose doors were locked, then walked into Circle K where two customers were and began shooting. The suspect also shot someone outside the convenience store, Murray said.

The shooter then crossed the street back to the first gas station and fired into a vehicle. Police initially thought it was stolen, but now believe it to be the suspect’s vehicle. There was a person in the vehicle.

Murray did not know if this person had been hit by gunfire.

Police later said there may not have been a fourth victim. They attributed the discrepancy to a “rapidly evolving situation”.

The suspect was last seen driving a gray or silver Chrysler 200 heading east on State Road 24 toward Moxee, Murray said.

“He’s a dangerous person. And it’s random, so there’s a danger to the community,” Murray said. “We don’t have a motive. We don’t know why.

The country is in the throes of a wave of armed violence. On Saturday evening, a gunman shot and killed 11 people and injured at least nine others in Monterey Park, California.

Ten hours later, at least 12 people were injured after gunfire erupted at a Louisiana nightclub, authorities said, calling it a “targeted attack”.

Two students were fatally shot Monday afternoon at a charter school in Des Moines, Iowa.

In northern California on Monday, at least seven people were killed and one person was seriously injured in a shooting in Half Moon Bay, a coastal town of about 11,000 people about 30 miles south of San Francis.

And one person was killed and seven others injured in a shooting Monday night in Oakland, Calif.

The United States had at least 39 mass shootings in the first 24 days of 2023, according to records from Gun Violence, a nonprofit that defines a mass shooting as a single incident in which at least four people – other than the shooter – are shot.

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