Three people were killed in what police have called a “random shooting” that took place early Tuesday at a convenience store in Yakima, Washington.
The gunman, identified as 21-year-old Jarid Haddock, was tracked down by police after he borrowed a woman’s cell phone and made a “harrowing” call to his mother and confessed to the killings.
As officers closed in, Haddock shot and killed himself behind a warehouse, officials said.
Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said police received calls around 3:30 a.m. of a man shooting people at a Circle K store.
Upon arrival, officers discovered two people who were shot dead inside while getting food and another who was shot in their car outside.
No information about the victims has been released.
Haddock then walked across the street to another gas station and began shooting into his own car to get inside, because he had locked himself out, Murray said.
The gunman fled the store in a gray or silver Chrysler sedan, Murray said.
Haddock’s motive for the slayings remains unclear.
“It appears to be a random situation. There was no apparent conflict between the parties,” Murray said in a video shared on the department’s Facebook page. “[Haddock] just walked in and started shooting.”
After police identified Haddock as the gunman, they surrounded his home but he was not there. Murray said that instead, Haddock was at a local Target where he asked to borrow a women’s phone and called his mom.