SWAT team surrounds home in Yakima, Washington, after gunman, 21, kills three people in ‘random’ shooting at Circle K convenience store before fleeing in silver Chrysler
- Armed officers and drones pinpointed the address in Yakima, Washington, about 110 miles southeast of Seattle, at around 9am local time
- School district is keeping children inside while surrounding roads are locked off
- Jarid Haddock, 21, was earlier identified by police as the suspect after three people were shot dead at a Circle K store at 3.30am Tuesday
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A SWAT team has surrounded a home in Washington after a gunman killed three people in a ‘random’ shooting at a Circle K convenience store.
Armed officers and drones pinpointed the address near the intersection University Parkway and West Birchfield Road in Yakima, about 110 miles southeast of Seattle, at around 9am local time. The local school district is keeping children inside while all the surrounding roads are locked off.
Jarid Haddock, 21, was earlier identified by police as the suspect after three people were shot dead at a Circle K store at 3.30am Tuesday.
The suspect shot at a fourth person inside a Chrysler sedan, forcing them to move into the passenger seat before driving off in the vehicle.
Jarid Haddock, 21, was identified by police as the suspect after the attack at the Circle K store in Yakima, about 110 miles southeast of Seattle, at 3.30am Tuesday. Photos released by the police department showed the suspect inside the store brandishing a handgun
The police department released a photo on social media of a man wearing all black, including a hat, hoodie and jeans, and white Nike shoes
‘It appears to be a random situation. There was no apparent conflict between the parties,’ said Yakima Police Chief Matthew Murray. ‘The male just walked in and started shooting.’
It is the latest horrifying gun attack to rock the blood-soaked country this week after back-to-back mass shootings in California, which left 18 victims dead.
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released a statement following the shooting, claiming that the country was gripped by a ‘gun violence epidemic.’
Sen. Murray tweeted: ‘This is heartbreaking and infuriating. Gun violence is an epidemic—it’s happening in every community. My heart is with the Yakima community, but thoughts and prayers aren’t enough.
‘If we’re serious about tackling violent crime, we need strong federal gun safety laws.’
Yakima Police said the suspect initially pulled into the ARCO gas station and ‘tried to get into the lobby,’ but the doors were locked.
‘He then walked across the street to the Circle K,’ Murray said. ‘As he’s walking into the store he pulls out his gun and there are two people getting food and he shoots them.’ Both people died.
The suspect then left the store, shooting at another person who was also killed.
The male then ran across the street back to the gas station, shooting at a gray or silver Chrysler 200 sedan, and forcing the driver to move into the passenger seat.
The condition of the driver, including whether he was wounded, was unknown.
Murray said: ‘We do believe that there’s possibly a fourth victim. We do not know their condition.
‘The man, after he left the Circle K, went across the street and shot into a vehicle.
‘You could see the party in that vehicle move to the passenger seat and the suspect stole his car.’
The Circle K store near E Nob Hill Boulevard and S 18th Street in Yakima, about 110 miles southeast of Seattle
The police department released a photo of the suspect wearing all black brandishing a gun inside the Circle K. The suspect wore a beanie, hoodie and jeans, and white Nike shoes.
‘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.’
The car was last seen heading eastbound on Nob Hill Boulevard at Highway 24.
The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office announced road closured in the area.
‘We are closing some roads in the East Valley Area for an undetermined amount of time,’ its tweet said.
Yakima is a city of about 97,000 residents in Washington’s Yamika Valley, an agricultural region known for apple crops and wineries.
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