Three people have been killed in a ‘random’ shooting at a Washington state convenience store and the suspect remains at large in the latest in a series of shootings across the United States.
Police in Yakima, Washington, said the suspect, whom they named Jarid Haddock, 21, first stopped at an ARCO/ampm gas station in town and “attempted to enter hall”, but the doors were locked.
There have been eight mass shootings in the United States, including those in Monterey Park, Half Moon Bay and Oakland, California, in the past seven days, according to Gun Violence Archive.
The suspect then crossed the street to a Circle K and upon entering the store pulled out a gun and fatally shot two people.
“As he walks into the store he pulls out his gun and there are two people getting food and he shoots them,” Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said.
The suspect then exited the store and fatally shot another person. According to police, the man then crossed the street to the gas station, shot at another car and drove off.
“The alleged homicide suspect is Jarid Haddock, a 21-year-old resident of Yakima County. If you see him, call 911 immediately, stay away. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. YPD and local agencies are following the leads. The Yakima Police Department posted on Facebook Tuesday morning.
Chief Murray said they don’t know why the shooting took place.
“He’s a dangerous person and it’s random, so there’s a danger to the community,” Chief Murray said. “We don’t have a motive and we don’t know why.”
Police said they have not yet identified the shooter or his whereabouts.
“We’re working on leads and now have strong leads,” Chief Murray told CNN.
And he added: “It seems like a random situation. There was no apparent conflict between the parties – the man just walked in and started shooting.
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