By Le Figaro with AFP
Posted 1 hour ago, updated 4 minutes ago
A shooting broke out Tuesday in Yakima, Washington, following the two killings in California on Saturday, January 21.
At least three people died in a shooting in Washington state on Tuesday (January 24), police said, adding to the heavy price paid by the American West after two mass killings in California in the past three days.
The suspect is on the run
This new drama happened around 3:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. Paris time) around a grocery store in Yakima, a city of 97,000 people a two-hour drive from Seattle, according to the local police chief.
Officer Matt Murray told the press that the suspect was on the run and “poses a danger to the public,” adding that investigators had “no motive.” On the spot, the agents “found three bodies,” he added.
An unpredictable drama
“It seemed to come out of nowhere, there was no apparent conflict between the people,” explained Matt Murray. According to the grocery store’s video surveillance, “the man just walked in and started shooting.” “Then he came out of the store and shot a victim before crossing the street and apparently shooting another person,” the police officer summarized.
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The suspect, a 21-year-old man named Jarid Haddock, then stole a car to escape. On Twitter, Yakima Police again urged the public to exercise caution. “Don’t approach him. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous,” she said.
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This new murder mourns the western United States, already shocked by two killings in California in the Asian community since Saturday.
On Monday, seven farm workers died on two farms in Half Moon Bay, near San Francisco. An eighth person was seriously injured by a 60-year-old named Chunli Zhao. A former employee of one of the two farms, he was arrested by authorities with a semi-automatic pistol in his vehicle.
On Saturday night, Chinese New Year celebrations in Monterey Park near Los Angeles turned into carnage when a man in his seventies of Asian descent, Huu Can Tran, killed 11 people, mostly elderly, at a dance hall popular with Asian patrons. He then attempted to attack a second ballroom before committing suicide in his van surrounded by police. Investigators were still busy Tuesday determining the motives behind those two attacks.