YAKIMA, Wash. -- Three people were killed in Yakima early Tuesday morning after a man opened fire inside a Circle K. It's the latest in a growing list of deadly and violent shootings nationwide.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 39 mass shootings in the first 23 days of 2023.
"Here we are in little Yakima, right on the heels of California, dealing with much the same thing," Chief Murray said.
For hours, the Yakima Police Department searched for 21-year-old Jarid Haddock, the suspected gunman who shot and killed three people Tuesday morning.
"What we saw on the video and what was described by witnesses, there was no interaction between him and the people, they were just sitting there getting food and got surprised by this person who came in, and literally as he was opening the door, he started shooting these people," said Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray.
Police say Haddock then walked outside and shot a third person.
"I was asked, 'could this be prevented?' Boy, I don't know how. I mean, he just came in and did this. I mean it'd be really difficult to defend yourself, even if you were a highly trained person because you wouldn't know this threat was coming," Chief Murray said.
Yakima Police said a woman called 911 after Haddock used her phone to call his mother.
"He then called his mother and made several incriminating statements, including, 'I killed those people.' He made several statements in front of her that he was going to kill himself," Chief Murray said.
The search for Haddock ended in the afternoon, when police say, they didn't fire, but heard gun shots. The Yakima Police Department says Haddock killed himself.
"Unfortunately there's just not a lot of good that you can say in this. It's just difficult. It's difficult for the officers, it's difficult for the community, it's difficult for the families on both sides of all this," Chief Murray said.
The Yakima Police Department said they did have a record of Haddock before this incident. The investigation is still ongoing.
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