Yakima, Wash., shooting: The suspect in the overnight shooting in Yakima that killed 3 people has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.
Yakima’s police chief said Tuesday that the suspect in an overnight shooting that left three people dead in Yakima, Washington, has died after taking his own life.
Police Chief Matt Murray revealed the suspect’s location at a news conference Tuesday evening after a 911 call was made by a woman who gave the suspect her phone outside a Target store in Yakima.
Officers responded immediately and were on the scene within minutes, according to the chief.
“The suspect appeared to have committed a self-inflicted gunshot wound before officers arrived. There were officers who heard the gunshots, but no one saw him do it,” Murray said.
Officials tried to resuscitate the suspect, but he was later pronounced dead, according to Murray, who said the suspect was taken into custody Tuesday.
The chief said officials have to go through the formal process of identifying a suspect, “but I can say with confidence that we are confident this is the person involved.”
The police department previously identified the “suspect homicide” as 21-year-old Jarid Haddock of Yakima County, according to a Facebook post.
Police had previously surrounded the home when they learned the suspect was in the area of a Target store in Yakima, the chief said.
There, the suspect asked the woman to borrow her phone, called her mother and “made several incriminating statements, including ‘I killed these people,'” said Police Chief Matt Murray.
Murray said the woman called 911 when she heard the man was suicidal.
“I listened to this call. “It’s very painful and I have to thank him again because he was very brave in getting us there,” the chief said.
Murray did not provide information about whether he was inside or outside the business where he allegedly shot himself, according to responding officers who located the man near the marijuana dealer.
The suspect was in possession of a “large amount of ammunition” and a firearm when officers found him, the chief said.
Murray told CNN on Tuesday that the suspect entered the ARCO/ampm gas station and “attempted to enter the lobby” but found the doors locked.
“He then went across the street to Circle K,” Murray said. “He walks into the store and pulls out his gun and there are two people who are getting food and he shoots them.” Both men died, Murray said.
The suspect then left the store and shot another person, who was also killed.
Murray said the suspect went back across the street to the ARCO/ampm gas station, fired shots at the vehicle and drove away.
“We later found out it was his car and he had shot out the window of that car to get in because he locked the keys in the car,” Murray said.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation, but Murray said the attack was “very random.”
“There was no relationship between him and the people,” the chief said. “They were just eating and were surprised by someone who came in and as he was opening the door, he started shooting people.”
Justin Bumbalog, who works at Elite Towing and Recovery next door to the Circle K, said he was half asleep when he heard the gunshots. According to the police, the shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. local time.
Bumbalog said he heard about nine gunshots and remembered the exact interval between the two shots.
Police responded shortly after the shooting, he said.
The FBI’s Seattle office, Steve Bernd, told CNN he was aware of the incident and was in contact with Yakima police in case assistance was requested.
According to the chief, the family of the suspect cooperated with the police throughout the day.
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