One person was killed and another wounded in a shooting Monday at a supermarket in the Washington state (U.S.) city of Richland, where the shooter was still being sought by authorities Monday night, city police said.
The Richland Police Department responded Monday to several calls about a possible active shooter at the Fred Meyer supermarket in the city, located in the southeastern part of the state.
Initial local media reports reported that at least one person was injured inside the location. But Dennis Morris, head of the Benton County Coroner’s Department, told CNN that at least one person was reported dead at the supermarket.
At least one injured person was sent to the hospital, added Richland Police, who asked on their Twitter account for the public’s help in locating the suspect or establishing his identity. The posting is accompanied by a photo showing a white male wearing a black ski mask, pushing a grocery cart.
The Richland Police Department is seeking information on the identity and location of the pictured suspect and suspect vehicle in relation to a shooting at the Richland Fred Meyer. The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. Please avoid the area due to police activity. pic.twitter.com/yy2oyABqkB
— Kennewick Police (@KennewickPolice) February 7, 2022
Police warned that “the man should be considered armed and dangerous.”
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said in a statement that its agents are investigating and assisting local authorities in this case.
According to police data compiled by Gun Violence Archive, from the beginning of the year through February 1, 1,534 people have been killed with firearms in the United States and 2,741 have been injured.