Three people were killed in a shooting at a convenience store in central Washington state early Tuesday, police said, and the suspect has died after an hours-long manhunt.

Iran PressAmerica: Three people were shot to death minutes apart in a Yakima, Wash., convenience store early Tuesday morning, and the suspected killer remains at large, police said.

Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray identified the suspect as 21-year-old Jarid Haddock and released this photo from a surveillance video to the public. In a statement on Twitter, Murray urged the public to call 911 if they spotted Haddock and warned people not to approach him.

This incident occurred while several fatal shootings have been reported in the states of California and Iowa in the past few days.

Thousands of people lose their lives or are wounded by gunshot attacks in the US yearly. Based on official statistics, there are around 270 to 300 million guns, which is almost one gun for every American. 

In 2020 alone, 19,384 people were killed in gun homicides, showing a 35 percent increase from the previous year and the country's most significant one-year rise in gun homicides. 219

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