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The suspect in a shooting that left three people dead at a convenience store in Yakima, Wash., on Tuesday morning is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Police initiated a SWAT call at a home where the suspect, Jarid Haddock, 21, was suspected of being, but he was not there at the time. Instead, he was at a local Target store, Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said.
Police said the suspect borrowed a woman’s phone to call his mother, and she overheard him making statements that he killed the three people and was going to kill himself, Murray said.
The woman took the phone back and informed the police what she heard and that he was at a nearby Pizza Hut. The suspect, who was traveling on foot, was later found near a marijuana store.
“I heard that call,” Murray said. “It’s very harrowing, and I really have to thank her again because she was so brave to take us there.”
As they approached, the officers heard gunshots and found Haddock dead. Authorities believe he shot himself, but no one saw him perform the act.
Police found a large amount of ammunition and a semi-automatic pistol on Haddock, Murray said.
Medical rescuers tried to save Haddock’s life, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Murray released a photo of Haddock from a surveillance video to the public. in a statement on Twitter, Murray urged the public to call 911 if they spotted Haddock and warned people not to approach him.
During an early morning news conference, Murray described the incident as two separate shootings – one at a Circle K convenience store around 3:30 am and another across the street – carried out by the same gunman and taking place just minutes apart. break.
“The first shooting was inside the [Circle K] store. Then he went outside and shot a victim outside the store. And then he crossed the street and apparently shot another person,” Murray said.
“It seems to be a random situation,” said the boss. “There was no apparent conflict between the parties. The man just walked in and started shooting.”
Initially, police believed there could have been a fourth victim at a nearby Arco gas station, but in an update, Murray said Haddock allegedly shot his own car several times after locking himself out. The suspect fled in a gray or silver sedan that police believe is a Chrysler 200.
“We’re going to have to go through the formal identification process but everything we see and what he said and what happened leads us to believe it’s the same person who was involved in those shootings at Circle K and at the Arch gas station this morning. ” said Murray.
Haddock’s family has been cooperating with police and it is unclear whether Haddock was at his parents’ home the day of the shooting, Murray said.
Haddock had a previous record, Murray said. He was arrested in March 2020 after fleeing police, who stopped him for being in a stolen car, according to the Associated Press.
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