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The woman quickly called 911 after hearing the conversation of the man who borrowed her phone.

Police have located a suspect in the accidental death of three people at a convenience store in Yakima, Washington, after he borrowed a cell phone from a stranger to call his mother and confess to the crime, authorities said Tuesday.

According to Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray, the suspect shot himself behind several warehouses as officers approached them. He added that none of the security forces used force, no one was injured.

Police surrounded Jarid Haddock’s family home after Tuesday’s pre-dawn murders, but he wasn’t there, Murray said at a news conference. Instead, the 21-year-old went to the Target store area in the city, where he borrowed the woman’s phone and called his mother.

The woman overheard the conversation, which included such compromising statements as “I killed those people” and threats against kill yourself, according to Murray. The woman then managed to get her phone back, separated from Haddock and called 911 to report his whereabouts.

“I heard that call – it’s pretty agonizing,” Murray said. “I have to thank her again because she was very brave to get us there.”

Murray said investigators still have no idea what prompted executions. Haddock entered a Circle K convenience store shortly before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday and shot and killed two people who were shopping there, then went outside and shot someone else in the car.

“There was no apparent conflict between the parties,” Murray said, citing witness statements as well as surveillance footage. “The man just walked in and started shooting.”

He then crossed the street to another gas station and started shooting at his car to get inside because he had locked himself in, Murray said.

Police did not immediately release any information about the victims.

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This attack was another outbreak of violence in the first weeks of 2023, when a wave of massacres swept the United States, claiming dozens of lives.

After killings, police released a CCTV image of the man and warned the public to be on the lookout. Law enforcement gathered at his parents’ home, across the street from a warehouse on the outskirts of town, about 140 miles southeast of Seattle. Court records list this house as Haddock’s previously known address.

Haddock does not appear to have a criminal record. He was arrested in March 2020 after police saw him in a car stolen from a woman who left it on; he ran away from the police who stopped him, according to indictments filed in the Yakima County Superior Court, and reported that he was homeless.

He successfully completed the sabotage program despite violating its terms twice by using methamphetamine or heroin, and the charges were dropped in December 2021.

At Yakima Riverside Storage, across the street from a police-encircled home, administrator Tabitha Johnson said she took the unusual precaution of locking doors she can monitor through windows and security cameras.

“It’s pretty scary, but Yakima is no stranger to shooting,” Johnson said.

The Western Journal reviewed this Associated Press article and may have revised it prior to publication to meet our editorial standards.

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