A man is wanted for a suspect who killed 3 people in what appeared to be a random shooting at a convenience store in Washington state

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“A man walked in and started shooting.”

This surveillance video released by the Yakima Police Department shows the suspect as 21-year-old Jarid Haddock of Yakima County. Yakima Police Department via AP

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities closed parts of several roads Tuesday as they searched for a suspect in a random shooting that killed at least three people at a convenience store in Yakima, Washington.

Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said the shooting was reported at the Circle K store around 3:30 a.m. and responding officers found three people dead. Murray said police have a store security camera and witnesses.

“It seems like a fluke,” Murray said at a news conference. “There was no conflict between the parties. The man entered and opened fire.

Police did not immediately release additional details about the victims, but said the suspect — Jared Haddock, 21, of Yakima County — should be considered armed and dangerous. He drove off in a gray or silver sedan, possibly a Chrysler 200, Murray said, heading toward the suburban community of Moxie on Highway 24.

The shooting is a new flash point of violence in the early weeks of 2023 as the United States suffers a wave of massacres.

“He’s a dangerous person and it’s random, so the public is at risk,” Murray said. “We don’t have a motive.”

Police converged on a house across from a storage facility on the outskirts of the city of about 100,000 people, about 140 miles (225 kilometers) southeast of Seattle.

On a normal day, Tabitha Johnson wouldn’t have locked the door to her Yakima Riverside warehouse, but on this day, the gunman was standing idle, with half a dozen police cars and two SWAT vehicles parked across the street and a fire truck nearby. used security measures.

“I’m worried. My doors are locked. I only let in people I know and know,” said Johnson, who worked alone as a receptionist at a self-storage facility. he could see who was standing at the door through the windows and security cameras.

“It’s terrible, but it’s nothing new for the Yakima shooting,” Johnson, 39, said.

When officers responded to the Circle K shooting, they found the scene of a second shooting at an ampm store across the street, Murray said. Police initially believed the shooter may have shot at a nearby car, stolen the car and injured someone inside before fleeing the scene, but the Yakima Police Department later said new information indicated there may not have been a fourth victim.

“I want to remind everyone that this is really new. It’s dynamic, things are changing, we’re always getting new information,” Murray said.

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