Tuesday in the state of Washington, a shooter who murdered 3 individuals in what US police described as a random attack called his mother before shooting himself to death.
The horrifying incident happened soon after two shooting sprees in California that left 18 people dead, as the US struggles once more with the misery of rising gun violence.
Police in Yakima claim that a local guy, Jarid Haddock, 21, opened fire overnight in and near a convenience shop before escaping.
Officers warned that the sought man was armed and dangerous and began a widespread manhunt in the 100,000-person city, which is located 100 miles (160 kilometers) southeast of Seattle.
Early on Tuesday, Yakima Police Chief Matthew Murray said, It seems to be a random incident.
There didn’t seem to be any disagreement between the parties. They entered and immediately began shooting.
Hours later, a woman called 911 in an emergency and reported that the wanted man had taken her phone.
He made several damaging claims, including I killed those individuals, when he then contacted his mother, Murray told reporters.
He repeatedly said that he was going to kill himself in front of her.
First responders sped to the scene outside a grocery store and arrived just in time to hear the man shoot himself.
They provided medical attention and attempted to save his life, but he was eventually declared dead.
The killing in Yakima was the most recent outbreak of gun violence to rock the country.
On Monday, a Chinese-American farmworker is thought to have opened fire on his coworkers at two agricultural locations south of San Francisco, resulting in seven fatalities. It is also reported that some of his victims are Chinese.
In Monterey Park, close to Los Angeles, an elderly Asian man went on the rampage on Saturday night, killing 11 people who had gathered there to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
A few hours later, Huu Can Tran shot himself to death as police surrounded his van.
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