Terror at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA. Four dead at the scene, one died in hospital. The manhunt is on for the shooter.
The gunman is described as a ‘Hispanic male’. This shooting comes one week after the St. Cloud, MN mall stabbings.
A small Washington town 67 miles north of Seattle was terrorized last night when a lone gunman opened fire at the make-up department in Macy’s.
Authorities are looking for the active shooter who opened fire and killed five people during a deadly shooting at a mall north of Seattle on Friday evening.
Four women and one man are confirmed dead after the shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, about 65 miles north of Seattle, the Washington State Patrol said.
The gunman walked into Macy’s and opened fire in the the makeup department of the store around 7.30pm local time.
Authorities are currently searching for a Hispanic man wearing a black shirt who was last seen walking toward Interstate 5 from the mall, Sgt. Mark Francis said.
Officials released a still from video surveillance of a young-looking suspect holding what appears to be a rifle.
‘We are still actively looking for the shooter. Stay indoors, stay secure,’ Francis said at a news conference.
Francis said the gunman, who is said to be armed with a rifle, left the scene before police arrived. The rifle the suspect appears to be carrying looks similar to a Marlin Model 60 or Ruger 10/22.
Authorities believe there is only one shooter and said the motive was unknown.
Francis said the number fluctuated as authorities searched the large Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.
The mall had been evacuated by 8.30pm local time and emergency medical personnel were cleared to enter and attend to any injuries.
It was not immediately clear how many people were hurt.
…Police received calls around 6.58pm local time that shots were fired at the mall, Trooper Rick Johnson told CNN.
‘Right now we can’t assume anything,’ he said.
‘So they’re still interviewing witnesses and trying to get a good idea of exactly what action to take next.
‘We’re just asking people to, obviously, stay away from the area. Stay inside and obviously report anything suspicious that they may see.’
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