A gunman who killed three people in what US police said was a random attack called his mother and then shot himself to death in Washington state on Tuesday.
The horrific incident comes after two mass shootings in California that left 18 dead as the United States is once again grappling with the horrors of gun violence.
Police in Yakima say a man they previously identified as 21-year-old local Jared Haddock shot people in and around a convenience store overnight before fleeing.
Officers launched a massive manhunt across the city of 100,000 people, about 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Seattle, warning that the wanted man was armed and dangerous.
“This appears to be a random situation,” Yakima Police Chief Matthew Murray said early Tuesday.
“There was apparently no dispute between the parties. They just walked in and started shooting.”
Hours later, police received a 911 call from a woman who said the suspect had borrowed her phone.
“He then called his mother and made several incriminating statements, including ‘I killed these people,'” Murray told reporters.
“He made several statements to her that he was going to kill himself again.”
First responders raced to the scene near a supermarket, arriving in time to hear gunshots as he killed himself.
“They gave medical aid and tried to save his life, but he was later pronounced dead.”
The shooting in Yakima was the latest wave of gun violence to rock America.
On Monday, seven people were killed at two agricultural sites south of San Francisco when a Chinese-American farm worker opened fire on his colleagues.
Some of his victims are also said to be Chinese.
On Saturday night, an elderly Asian man stormed a dance studio in Monterey Park near Los Angeles, killing 11 people who had gathered for Lunar New Year celebrations.
Huu Can Tran shot himself to death several hours later when police entered his van.