At least three people were killed in what police called an “accidental shooting” that took place early Tuesday morning at a store in Yakima, Washington.
The assailant, who police believe is 21-year-old Jarid Haddock, is still at large.
“It seems to be a random situation. There was no apparent conflict between the parties,” Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray said in a video posted on the department’s Facebook page. “The man just walked in and started shooting.”
Murray said police received a call around 3:30 a.m. that a man had shot at people at a Circle K store.
Upon arrival, law enforcement officers found three people shot dead inside.
Police believe there may be a fourth victim because after the shooter opened fire on Circle K, he crossed the street, went to the Ampm Convenience Store and shot a fourth person sitting in the car.
Surveillance footage shows that the man moved to the passenger side of the car, and the perpetrator stole the car and fled the scene. It is not clear if the fourth victim was shot, and if so, if it was fatal.
According to Murray, the suspect left the scene in a gray or silver Chrysler sedan, possibly a Chrysler 200. Police do not have a license plate for the vehicle.
The police later updated the Facebook post to identify the “alleged murder suspect” as Haddock.
“If you see, immediately call 911, do not come near. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. YPD and local agencies are tracking leads,” the department said in a statement.
Several roads in the area are closed due to the shooting, and all East Valley school districts are on safety and learning, officials said.