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The suspect who opened fire at a convenience store in Yakima, Washington, killing three people early Tuesday morning is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Law enforcement initiated a SWAT call at the home of the suspect, Jarid Haddock, 21, who was not there at the time. Instead, he was at a local Target store, Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said.
Murray said police said the suspect borrowed a woman’s phone to call his mother, and she said over his head that he had killed the three men and was planning to kill himself.
The woman got her phone back and told police what she heard, he was at a nearby Pizza Hut. The suspect was traveling on foot and was later found near a marijuana store.
“I listened to that call,” Murray said. “It’s very harrowing and I really want to thank her again because she was really brave to get us there.”
As police approached, they 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.
Emergency crews tried to save Haddock’s life, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Murray released a photo of haddock from 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.
At an early morning news conference, Murray described the incident as two separate shootings — one at a Circle K convenience store around 3:30 a.m. and the other across the street — by the same The two gunmen were killed within minutes of each other.
“The first shooting was at [Circle K] shop. He then went outside and shot a victim outside the store. Then he went across the street and apparently shot another person,” Murray said.
“This appears to be a random situation,” the official said. “There was no apparent conflict between the parties. These guys just walked in and started shooting.”
Initially, police believed there might be a fourth victim at a nearby Arco gas station, but in an update, Murray said Haddock allegedly shot his car multiple times after locking himself out. The suspect fled in a gray or silver sedan, which police believe is a Chrysler 200.
“We’re going to have to go through a formal identification process, but everything we’ve seen, what he’s said and what’s happened leads us to believe that this is the same man involved in the Circle K and Arco shootings at the gas station this morning, said Murray.
Murray said Haddock’s family has been cooperating with police and it is unclear if Haddock was at his parents’ home on the day of the shooting.
Haddock did have a previous record, Murray said. He was arrested in March 2020 for evading police who pulled him over for driving a stolen car, according to the Associated Press.