Yakima, Washington, shooting: Suspect in custody after overnight shooting, 3 dead

Yakima, Washington, shooting: Suspect in custody after overnight shooting, 3 dead



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A suspect was arrested Tuesday in connection with a late night shooting that killed three people in Washington state, Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said in a video posted to Facebook.

Murray said officers responded to a call from a family member of the suspected shooter, who said they could find him behind some warehouses.

When police arrived, gunfire was heard and one man was injured, but no officers fired on the suspect and no officers were injured, according to Murray, who said more information would be released later Tuesday.

The police department had previously identified the “presumptive murder suspect” as Jarid Haddock, 21, of Yakima County, according to a Facebook post.

Road closures in the area on Tuesday morning were “related to the early morning killings,” a police spokesman said.

SWAT responded and authorities had drones over the area.

Tabitha Johnson, an employee of a nearby company, told CNN that the area was under lockdown and police had surrounded a house near the intersection of University Parkway and West Birchfield Road. Johnson said authorities had been there since before 9 a.m. local time.

The area police cordoned off is about two miles east of where the shots were fired this morning.

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Murray told CNN on Tuesday that the suspect pulled into the ARCO/ampm gas station and “tried to get to the lobby” but found the doors were locked.

“He then walked across the street to Circle K,” Murray said. “As he enters the store, he pulls his gun and sees two people getting food and he shoots them.” Both people died, Murray said.

The suspect then left the store and shot another person, who also died.

Murray said the suspect walked back across the street to the ARCO/ampm gas station, shot into a car and drove away.

Police have not said who owns the car but believe it could be the suspect’s.

Justin Bumbalogh, who worked at Elite Towing and Recovery, said he was half asleep when he heard gunfire. Police said the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. local time.

Bumbalogh said he heard about nine shots and remembered a distinct gap between the two series of shots.

Police responded shortly after the shooting, he said.

“It appears to be a random situation,” Murray said. “There was no apparent conflict between the parties — the man just walked in and started shooting.”

Steve Bernd, the FBI’s Seattle field office, told CNN that they are aware of the incident and are in contact with the Yakima Police Department if they request assistance.

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