A man accused of shooting dead three people at a Circle K convenience store and gas station in Yakima, Wash., early Tuesday is dead after an hours manhunt, officials said.
The suspect died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as he was being arrested, Yakima Police Chief Matthew Murray told reporters Tuesday afternoon.
“We believe with great confidence that this is the person involved in this morning’s incident,” Murray said.
The Circle K shooting was reported around 3:30 am local time. The gunman then walked across the street to an ampm convenience store, where he allegedly shot a car and then robbed it, according to Murray.
It’s possible the gunman shot the person in the car as he stole it, the chief said. If so, the driver would be the fourth victim of the shooting.
Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Jarid Haddock of Yakima County. He allegedly fled in a car believed to be a gray or silver Chrysler 200, the chief said.
At around 2:15 pm local time, police received a 911 call from a woman who said she had just loaned the suspect her phone and allegedly heard him make incriminating statements while talking to his mother, including “I killed those people”, said Murray. .
The woman then called 911 when she got her phone back and was able to tell police where the suspect was located, according to Murray.
“I heard that call. It’s very distressing,” Murray said. “I really have to thank her again because she was so brave to take us there.”
Deputies who responded quickly found the suspect, who was wounded by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. No officers fired at the suspect, who was being treated by first responders but was later pronounced dead, according to Murray.
The suspect had a “large amount of ammo and a gun” when he was found, Murray said.
Murray called the Circle K shot an apparent random attack. The gunman “just walked in and started shooting,” he said.
The reason is not known, he said.
“We may never know,” Murray said.
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