Active shooter situation at Washington Fred Meyer

By Jason Kurtz, Leinz Vales, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 12:15 AM ET, Tue February 8, 2022
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4:52 p.m. ET, February 7, 2022

Fred Meyer grocery store says it is "deeply saddened" after fatal shooting

From CNN’s Jenn Selva and Richard Davis

A spokesperson for Fred Meyer shared condolences and grief following Monday's fatal shooting in Richland, Washington.

“We are deeply saddened by the incident that occurred at our Fred Meyer store located on 101 Wellsian Way in Richland, WA,” according to a statement provided to CNN by the spokesperson. 
“The entire Fred Meyer family offers our thoughts, prayers, and support to all affected individuals and families during this difficult time," the statement continued.

According to Richland police, at least one person was killed, and one injured person was sent to the hospital following the shooting, which began inside Fred Meyer shortly after 11 a.m. local time. Fred Meyer is owned by Kroger.

"We are cooperating with local law enforcement, who have secured the store and parking lot. The store will remain closed while the police investigation continues, and we have initiated counseling services for our associates," the Fred Meyer spokesperson shared in the statement, adding "to protect the integrity of the investigation, we are referring questions to the Richland Police Department.”

The shooting suspect is still at large and a search is underway. 

4:30 p.m. ET, February 7, 2022

At least 1 dead in Fred Meyer shooting, coroner says

From CNN's Dave Alsup and Jenn Selva

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At least one person is dead and another is injured in the active shooting incident at a Fred Meyer grocery store in Richland, Washington.

Benton County Chief Deputy Coroner Dennis Morris told CNN they have been notified of at least one fatality at Fred Meyer.

The Benton County Coroner’s office has not been dispatched to the scene, Morris said.

At least one injured person has been sent to the hospital, Richland Police added.

Richland Police commander Chris Lee says his agency received a call from the store describing a white man shooting and yelling inside the location.

The call came in at 11:04 a.m. local time, and Lee added that units are clearing the scene while a search for the suspect is underway.

Police say they are not certain whether the suspect fled on foot or in a vehicle.

3:42 p.m. ET, February 7, 2022

 Law enforcement ask for help identifying "suspect" connected to shooting at Fred Meyer

From CNN's Sharif Paget

Local law enforcement are asking the public for helping in identifying a "suspect" who is connected to an active shooter situation at a Richland, Washington, Fred Meyer store. 

"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 Kennewick Police Department said in a tweet. "The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous." 

The Richland Police Department posted an additional photo of the individual on their Facebook, asking anyone with information to call (509) 628-0333.

3:39 p.m. ET, February 7, 2022

Several schools in lockdown due to police activity at a Fred Meyer store

From CNN's Jenn Selva and Paul P. Murphy

Several schools in the Richland, Washington, area are in non-critical lockdown due to “police activity at the Fred Meyer on Wellsian Way.” 

Richland Police posted on Facebook that they are asking the public to avoid the area writing, ”This is still an active scene. Please continue to avoid the area. The suspect has not yet been located.”

FBI Seattle Field office spokesperson Steve Bernd told CNN, “We are on scene, providing assistance to our partners. We don’t have further details at this time.”

3:39 p.m. ET, February 7, 2022

ATF confirms active shooter situation at Washington Fred Meyer grocery store

From CNN's Paul P. Murphy

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives confirmed to CNN that it received a call for assistance for an active shooter situation at a Fred Meyer grocery store in Richland, Washington. 

ATF Seattle field office spokesperson Jason Chudy also confirmed to CNN that special agents from their Yakima, Washington, field office were en route to support the Richland Police Department with the active shooter investigation.