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UA man killed three people before taking his own life in the US state of Washington on Tuesday, police said, making the tragedy the third killing in four days in the western part of the country. Two shooting incidents in California left 11 and 7 dead within 48 hours.
The new killing took place around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday (12:30 a.m. Belgian time) inside and outside a grocery store in Yaquita, a city of 97,000 people not far from Seattle.
Police said the 21-year-old suspect, Jarid Haddock, had no specific motive for attacking the victims. “There was no apparent confrontation between the people. The man entered the grocery store and started shooting,” Yakima Police Chief Matthew Murray said Tuesday. He then shot and killed two people outside the store before stealing a car and fleeing.
A manhunt ensued after authorities warned the suspect was “armed and dangerous.” Then, the police received a call from a woman saying that the wanted person had borrowed her phone. Before he said he was going to kill himself, “he called his mother and made several incriminating statements like, ‘I killed these people,'” Matthew Murray told reporters.
Officers dispatched to the scene arrived just in time after hearing gunshots. Tried to revive him to no avail.
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