Fred Meyer shooting: Worker critical and one dead in Washington
New details continue to emerge about the man suspected of carrying out a deadly rampage at a Fred Meyer supermarket in Washington state.
Aaron Christopher Kelly, 39, was arrested early Tuesday following an hours-long manhunt after he allegedly shot two people, one fatally, at the store in Richland on Monday morning.
He is currently being held at the Benton County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder. His bond was set at $1m.
Court records revealed that Mr Kelly, who officials said was previously known to law enforcement, was the target of a requested protection order in 2020.
The man who filed the order allegedly penned a since-deleted Facebook post after the shooting claiming Mr Kelly, who was his tenant, waged a harassment campaign against the landlord.
Meanwhile tributes have poured in for Justin Krumbah, the 38-year-old Instacart shopper killed in the shooting.
An investigation remains ongoing as the gunman’s motive remains unclear.
Suspect was spotted by staff members a week before, police say
Prosecutors in Benton County, Washington, have released further details about the Fred Meyer shooting ahead of the suspect’s first appearance in front of Benton-Franklin County Superior Court.
In a Facebook post, the county prosecutor shared documents filed by the Richland Police Department on Monday after they responded to the scene of the shooting.
It reveals details about how suspect guman Aaron Kelly had been at the store a week before and was suspected of shoplifting by Fred Meyer staff. His outfit and vehicle were allegedly the same on Monday as the previous time, a staff member told police.
The incident occurred around aisle 14 and the customer service area, and police said although the suspect had appeared with a shopping cart – he did not place any items inside of it, and “wander briefly” before exiting the scene of the crime.
Gino Spocchia8 February 2022 17:20
Tragedy was latest to target supermarkets in US
The shooting at a Fred Meyer store on Monday was the latest in a series of attacks carried out by lone gunman in the US, many of which have involved shootings at supermarkets.
Last year saw shootings at a King Soopers store in Boulder, Colorado, in March. Ten people died.
The following month, a shooting at a Stop & Shop in West Hempstead, New York, killed three people including a store manager.
And In June, a toddler and his grandmother were killed while shopping at Publix supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, Flordia, as The New York Times recalled on Monday.
Gino Spocchia8 February 2022 16:58
Gunman’s ex-landlord sought protection order
Suspected gunman Aaron Kelly’s former landlord has claimed that he begged authorities to take away his tenant’s firearm after he tried to poison his dogs.
Bryant Scott wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post, seen by DailyMail.com, that Mr Kelly refused to leave the property he rented to him, was…