1 dead in shooting at Washington state grocery store, suspect in custody

Police said a 39-year-old suspect was arrested Monday night.

February 8, 2022, 4:23 AM

One person was killed and at least one was injured during a shooting at a Washington state grocery store at about 11 a.m. Monday, authorities said.

Police said a suspect, Aaron Christopher Kelly, 39, was taken into custody late Monday in connection with the shooting at a Fred Meyer store in Richland, Washington.

Kelly was being transported to Benton County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder, Richland police said in a statement.

PHOTO: Aaron Christopher Kelly, a person being sought in connection with the shootings at the Fred Meyer grocery store in Richland, Wash. on Feb. 7, is seen in images released by the Richland Police Department on Feb. 8, 2022.
Aaron Christopher Kelly, a person being sought in connection with the shootings at the Fred Meyer grocery store in Richland, Wash. on Feb. 7, is seen in images released by the Richland Police Department on Feb. 8, 2022.
Richland Washington Police Department

Kelly was taken into custody on Interstate 90, between Sprague and Spokane, more than 100 miles from Richland, police said. He was arrested "without incident," police said.

"We thank the numerous law enforcement partners that quickly collaborated to apprehend this subject," police said in a statement.

Police earlier said a warrant for first-degree murder had been issued for Kelly. He was said to be driving a silver 2005 Honda Civic.

"Kelly should be considered armed and dangerous. Please do not approach him," officials said.

PHOTO: Police and emergency services respond to the scene of a reported shooting at the Fred Meyer grocery store in Richland, Wash., Feb. 7, 2022.
Police and emergency services respond to the scene of a reported shooting at the Fred Meyer grocery store in Richland, Wash., Feb. 7, 2022.
Greg Neft/Newsradio 610 KONA

Police identified the victim as Justin Krumbah, 38. Another injured victim has been hospitalized, police said.

"The surviving victim is currently in critical condition and receiving continuing treatment at an area hospital," police said late Monday.

Richland is located about 200 miles southeast of Seattle. ATF agents were headed to the scene earlier Monday, the agency said.

"This investigation remains an active, around-the-clock effort by our investigators," Police said. "The Richland Police Department continues to hold the victims and their families in our thoughts during this difficult time."

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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