(DCWatchdog.com) – HAPPENING NOW: At least three people were killed today in a “random shooting” at a convenience store in Yakima, Washington.
The gunman, identified as 21-year-old Jarid Haddock, is still at large and considered armed and dangerous.
A nationwide manhunt is underway for Haddock.
According to Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray, the shooting appears to have been a random act with no apparent conflict between the parties. Murray stated that the gunman walked into the store and began shooting.
Upon arriving at the scene, police discovered three people shot dead inside the Circle K store. Police believe there may be a fourth victim as the gunman also opened fire at an Ampm convenience store across the street, shooting at a person sitting in a car.
Surveillance footage shows the person moving to the vehicle’s passenger side as the gunman stole the car and fled. It is unclear whether the fourth victim was shot and if it was fatal.
The suspect fled in a gray or silver Chrysler sedan, possibly a Chrysler 200, and police do not have a license plate for the vehicle.
Several roads in the area have been closed, and all East Valley school districts are on secure-and-teach status.
The department has urged the public to call 911 immediately if they see the suspect and not to approach him.
This year has already seen more mass shootings than days, with 39 according to CNN, and the incident in Yakima is the latest in a series of mass violence that has occurred this week.
Over the weekend, eleven people were killed and at least ten others injured in a shooting at an Asian American community celebrating the Lunar New Year in Monterey Park, just outside Los Angeles.
Monday saw at least seven people killed in two shootings in Half Moon Bay, and later that day in Oakland, one person was fatally shot, and seven others were injured.
On Monday, two students were killed at an Iowa school for at-risk youth while a third person, the school’s founder, was injured.
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