An “armed and dangerous” suspect is on the run in Washington state after killing at least three people at a Circle K convenience store early Tuesday in an apparent “random” shooting, authorities said.
The shooting happened at the store in Yakima around 3:30 a.m. on Nob Hill Boulevard, Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said during a briefing at the scene.
“This is a dangerous person, and it’s random, so there is a danger to the community,” Murray said. “We don’t have a motive and we don’t know why.”
Murray said the suspect, whom police later identified as 21-year-old Yakima County resident Jarid Haddock, walked into the store and fatally shot two people without provocation.
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“It appears to be a random situation,” the chief said. “There was no apparent conflict between the parties. The male just walked in and started shooting.”
The suspect left the store and shot a third victim, who also died, police said.
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The suspect then walked across the street to a gas station where police believe he shot into a gray or silver Chrysler 200 with a person inside before fleeing, according to Murray.
It was unclear whether the person inside the vehicle was shot or injured in the incident.
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Authorities were checking surveillance video and interviewing witnesses as the search for the suspect continued.