Yakima, Washington, shooting: Police surround home in connection with nighttime shooting that left 3 dead

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At least three people were killed in an overnight shooting in Yakima, Wash., according to Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray.

The police department said the “alleged murder suspect is Jarid Haddock, a 21-year-old Yakima County resident,” according to a Facebook post.

The road closures in the area on Tuesday morning are “related to the early morning homicides”, a police spokesman said.

SWAT was responding and authorities have drones over the area.

Tabitha Johnson, an employee of a nearby business, told CNN that the area had been blocked off and that police had surrounded a house near the intersection of University Parkway and West Birchfield Road. Johnson said authorities have been there since before 9am local time.

The area that the police closed off is about two miles east of where the shots were fired this morning.

Murray told CNN on Tuesday that the suspect entered the ARCO/ampm gas station and “attempted to enter the lobby” but found that the doors were locked.

“He then walked across the street to the Circle K,” Murray said. “As he walks into the store, he pulls out his gun and there are two people getting food and he shoots them.” Both people died, Murray said.

The suspect then exited the store and shot another person, who also died.

Murray said the suspect returned across the street to the ARCO/ampm gas station, shot a car and drove away.

Police did not say who owned the car, but believe it could be the suspect’s. Its location is unknown at this time.

Justin Bumbalogh, who worked at Elite Towing and Recovery, said he was half asleep when he heard gunfire. Police said the shooting took place around 3:30 am local time.

Bumbalogh said he heard around nine shots and remembered a distinct gap between the two series of shots.

Police responded shortly after the shots were fired, he said.

“It appears to be a random situation,” Murray said. “There was no apparent conflict between the parties – the man just walked in and started shooting.”

Murray said his department has video of the scene and will release photos of the unknown suspect shortly.

“We’re working on leads and we have strong leads right now,” Murray told CNN.

The FBI’s Seattle office, Steve Bernd, told CNN that they are aware of the incident and are in contact with Yakima Police should they request assistance.

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