Washington Circle K shooter apparently commits suicide as police close in

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A 21-year-old man wanted in connection with the random killing of three people at a convenience store in Yakima, Washington, shot himself early Tuesday as officers approached him behind some warehouses several hours later, authorities said.

Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said in a video message that a woman called 911 on Tuesday afternoon. The caller reported that the man had used her phone to call.

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“The suspect had borrowed a woman’s phone. He then called his mother and made several incriminating statements, including, “I killed those people,” Murray said.

As officers approached the suspect’s location, they heard gunshots and paramedics responded to treat him. The man was later pronounced dead.

Police did not use force and no officers were injured in the incident, Murray said. “The suspect did have a large amount of ammunition and a weapon with him,” he added.

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“This seems to bring this matter to an end.”

Earlier in the day, authorities closed off parts of several roads while searching for the suspect, identified as Jarid Haddock, from Yakima province.

Yakima PD: The suspect is 21-year-old Jarid Haddock, a resident of Yakima County. If seen, call 911 immediately, do not approach. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

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Information was not immediately provided about the victims, who were found dead in the Circle K supermarket around 3:30 am. Murray said police have security camera footage and eyewitnesses from the store.

The police chief told reporters early Tuesday that a gunman entered a Circle K store in the city 150 miles southeast of Seattle in the early hours and opened fire on people inside.

“It seems like a random situation. There was no apparent conflict between the parties. The man just walked in and started firing,” Murray told a press conference posted to Facebook Tuesday morning.

The suspect drove off in a gray or silver sedan, possibly a Chrysler 200, on the way to the suburb of Moxee on Highway 24, Murray said.

“This is a dangerous person, so there is a danger to the community,” he said. “We have no motive.”

The attack is yet another outbreak of violence in the first weeks of 2023, as the US faces a spate of mass killings that has claimed dozens of lives.

Police converged on a home across the street from a storage facility on the outskirts of the city of nearly 100,000, about 140 miles southeast of Seattle. Court documents listed a house in the area as a previously known address for Haddock.

Haddock turned out to have little criminal past. He was arrested in March 2020 after police spotted him in a car stolen from a woman who let him drive; he ran from officers who pulled him over, according to indictment documents filed with the Yakima County Superior Court, and reported being homeless.

He successfully completed a diversion program, despite twice violating the terms by using methamphetamine or heroin, and charges were dismissed in December 2021.

At Yakima Riverside Storage, across the street from the Swat response, receptionist Tabitha Johnson said she took the unusual precaution of locking the doors, which she can monitor through windows and security cameras.

“It’s kind of scary, but Yakima isn’t new to shootings,” said the 39-year-old.

A spokesman for the Yakima Police Department did not immediately return a message from the The Singapore Time asking for additional information.

When officers responded to the Circle K, they also found a second shooting scene at an ampm supermarket across the street, Murray said. Police initially thought the gunman had fired at a nearby car, possibly injuring a person inside before stealing the vehicle and fleeing, but police later said it appeared the gunman had fired at his own car, possibly after being locked out.

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