A man suspected of shooting three people in a Washington supermarket is found dead

Updated January 25, 2023 at 2:12 PM ET

The suspect in a shooting that killed three people at a supermarket in Yakima, Washington early Tuesday morning is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Police initiated a SWAT call at a home where the suspect, Jarid Haddock, 21, was believed to be staying, but he was not there at the time. Instead, he was at a local Target store, Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said.

Police said the suspect borrowed a woman’s phone to call his mother and she made statements over him that he had killed the three people and was going to kill himself, Murray said.

The woman got her phone back and informed police about what she had heard and that he was at a nearby Pizza Hut. The suspect, who was walking, was later found near a marijuana store.

“I heard that call,” Murray said. “It’s pretty upsetting, and again I really have to thank her because she was really brave to take us there.”

As police approached, they heard gunfire and found Haddock dead. Authorities believe he shot himself, but no one saw him carry out the act.

Police found a large quantity of ammunition and a semi-automatic pistol at Haddock, Murray said.

Medical crews tried to save Haddock’s life, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Murray released a photo of Haddock from public surveillance video. In an opinion Taking to Twitter, Murray urged the public to call 911 if they spotted Haddock and warned people not to approach him.

During an early-morning news conference, Murray described the incident as two separate shootings — one at a Circle K supermarket around 3:30 a.m. and the other across the street — carried out by the same gunman and occurring just minutes apart.

“The first shooting took place inside [Circle K] Load. Then he came outside and shot a victim in front of the store. And then he crossed the street and apparently shot another person,” Murray said.

“It appears to be a random situation,” the chief said. “There was no apparent conflict between the parties. The man just walked in and started shooting.”

Police initially believed there may have been a fourth victim at a nearby Arco petrol station, but in an update Murray said Haddock allegedly shot his own car multiple times after locking himself out. The suspect fled in a gray or silver sedan that police believe is a Chrysler 200.

“We have to go through the formal identification process but everything we see and what he said and what happened leads us to believe this is the same person who was involved in those shootings at the Circle K and Arco gas station this morning.” said Murray.

Haddock’s family has been cooperating with police and it’s unclear if Haddock was ever at his parents’ home on the day of the shooting, Murray said.

Haddock had a history, Murray said. According to The Associated Press, he was arrested in March 2020 after running away from police who stopped him for being in a stolen car.

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