Washington – Authorities arrested a 39-year-old suspect involved in a shooting at a grocery store that killed one person and injured the store’s employee late Monday, reports revealed.
The suspect has been identified as Aaron Christopher Kelly. He was “‘without incident’ when captured Monday night on Interstate 90 between Sprague and the city of Spokane”, reported Richland police.
“Police have identified the man suspected of killing one and injuring another in the Richland Fred Meyer shooting as 38-year-old Aaron Christopher Kelly”, FOX 13 Seattle Tweeted.
The suspect’s arrest announcement came after two hours when the officials confirmed that he had been involved in the shooting and almost 12 hours after the incident.
“Kelly would be transported back to the Tri-Cities and booked into the Benton County Jail on first degree murder and attempted first degree murder charges”, stated the police.
Early hours on Monday, police learned a warrant had been issued in Kelly’s name for fatally shooting Justin Krumbah, 38, while the victim was at the Fred Meyer grocery store residing in Richland, Washington.
Police had described Kelly in their statement as, “armed and dangerous.”
“The shooting was reported at 11:03 a.m. local time (2:03 p.m. ET), and the first officer arrived one minute later”, reported Cmdr. Chris Lee from the Richland Police Department.
Before shooting with a handgun, the suspect was captured talking to Krumbah. However, it is unclear whether they knew each other or what the chatting was about. Lee further noted that the shooter’s motive for the shooting was also unclear.
“We don’t know what the cause was,” said Lee. “We don’t know if it was specifically intentional or targeted toward any one person.”
During a press conference, Brigit Clary, interim police chief, revealed that “Krumbah was pronounced dead at the scene”.
The shooter fled the scene and reportedly left in his Washington registered silver 2005 Honda Civic.
Fred Meyer said in a statement, “the company was ‘deeply saddened’ by the shooting and the death, who has not been publicly identified. It offered its
‘thoughts, prayers and support to all affected individuals and families during this difficult time’”.
The statement further reads that the company is complying with the law enforcement officials and keeping the store closed for the investigation. The unidentified second victim was going through surgery as of Monday afternoon and is currently in critical condition.