3 dead after a shooting in Washington: there are already more than 20 victims of attacks with weapons in the US during the last 48 hours
California and Iowa are the other states where fatal shootings have been reported. Among the deceased are two teenagers
A shooting in Washington left at least three dead and there are more than twenty deaths in the country in the last 48 hours (AP)
A shooting at a grocery store near a gas station in Yakima, in Washington, this Tuesday, left at least three dead. This fact has once again raised alarm bells in the United States, which is immersed in an outbreak of extreme violence for which, since the beginning of 2023, the have claimed more than 20 lives.
According to the city's police chief, Matt Murray, a 21-year-old resident stopped at the service station and tried to enter but without success. That is why he crossed the street and shot three people who were in a grocery store.
“There was no apparent conflict between the parties. The man just went in and started shooting,” Murray said in a dialogue with CNN, adding that the investigation into the events is still ongoing.
The police chief stated that the man simply walked in and started shooting (AP)
However, the authorities quickly were able to identify the assailant, Jarid Haddock. After the incident, the young man fired at a vehicle that police presumed to be a gray or silver Chrysler 200, stole it and he fled toward the suburban community of Moxee, along Highway 24.
The crime took place around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday near the Circle K store, where officers found the bodies of the dead people about whom no information has been released so far. There were eyewitnesses and security cameras at the scene that helped investigators clarify the facts.
Thus, they obtained images of Haddock taken by one of the cameras and they spread them in an attempt to appeal to citizen collaboration to find the fugitive. They also added that the subject must be armed and must be considered dangerous.
“This is a dangerous and random person, so there is a danger to the community,” Murray warned.
The image of Jarid Haddock captured by security cameras (AP)
Also, the area was fenced off, including several parts of nearby roads. In the hours that followed, the police even carried out a raid at a house on the outskirts of the city, almost 225 kilometers southeast of Seattle. According to court records, of the nearly 100,000 residents of the area, Haddock had been one of them, at least until a few years ago.
His record on him also proved very few criminal records . He had been arrested in March 2020 after police saw him in a stolen vehicle to a woman who had left it on. On that occasion, he too fled from the agents but was eventually arrested and charged in Yakima County Superior Court. However, he claimed to be homeless.
In December 2021 the charges against him were dismissed after successful completion of a diversion program, despite of twice violating the terms by using methamphetamine and heroin.
Police surrounded the area to advance with the investigation and find the fugitive (AP)
The deaths of these three people occurred at a time when the United States is facing constant shootings, such as the one registered in the state of California on Sunday, which left 11 dead at the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations in a hall in the city of Monterey Park . Also on Sunday, one person was killed in another shooting in Oakland, California.
On Monday, another armed attack was reported in the coastal city of Half Moon Bay, which resulted in seven deaths. This morning two teens were killed during a targeted shooting attack at an Iowa school.
A man killed ten people and wounded ten others in Monterey Park, near Los Angeles (REUTERS)
After the new series of deadly shootings, the president of the United States , Joe Biden, called on Congress to “quickly” pass a bill that, among other things, would set the minimum legal age to purchase an assault rifle at 21.
“The scourge of gun violence in The United States demands stronger action,” Biden said in a statement, after seven people were killed in a shooting in Half Moon Bay on Monday, the second in two days hitting the Asian community in the state of California.
A group of senators on Monday reintroduced a federal assault weapons ban and a legislation that would raise the minimum age to purchase assault weapons to 21.
“We know that the scourge of gun violence across the United States requires stronger action. Once again, I urge both houses of Congress to act quickly and deliver this Assault Weapons Ban to my desk, and take steps to keep American communities, schools, workplaces and homes safe. , Biden said in a statement.
(With information from AP and Europa Press)