At least three people were killed in an overnight shooting in Yakima, Washington, according to Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray.
“The alleged homicide suspect is Jared Haddock, 21, of Yakima County,” the police department said, according to a Facebook post.
A police spokesman said road closures in the area on Tuesday morning were “related to an early morning murder.”
Swat was retaliating and authorities have sent drones to the area.
Tabitha Johnson, an employee of a nearby business, told CNN that the area was cordoned off and police surrounded a home near the intersection of University Parkway and West Birchfield Road. Johnson said authorities were there just before 9 a.m. local time.
The area police have cordoned off is about two miles east of where shots were fired this morning.
Murray told CNN Tuesday that the suspect entered the ARCO/ampm gas station and “tried to enter the lobby” but found the doors locked.
“He then walked across the street to Circle K,” Murray said. “As he’s walking into the store he pulls out his gun and there’s two people getting food and he shoots them.” Both men died, Murray said.
The suspect then exited the store and shot another person, who also died.
Murray said the suspect went back across the street to the ARCO/ampm gas station and drove away in a car with shots fired.
Police have not said who the vehicle belongs to, but believe it may belong to the suspect. His whereabouts are unknown at this time.
Justin Bumbleg, who works at Elite Tongue & Recovery, said he was half asleep when he heard the gunshots. Police said that the shooting happened around 3:30 am local time.
Bambalog said he heard about nine gunshots and remembered a distinct difference between the two series of shots.
He said that the police retaliated immediately after the shots were fired.
“It appears to be a random situation,” Murray said. “There was apparently no dispute between the parties – the male just walked in and started shooting.”
Murray said his department has video from the scene and will release photos of the unidentified suspect soon.
“We’re working on leads and now have a strong lead,” Murray told CNN.
Steve Brandt of the FBI’s Seattle field office told CNN they are aware of the incident and are in contact with Yakima police to request assistance.