A gunman remains at large after killing four women and wounding one man at the Cascade Mall in Burlington tonight, authorities said.
All those killed at the Cascade Mall in Burlington tonight were inside Macy’s department store, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol.
One man suffered critical injuries, and was hospitalized. Authorities believe only one shooter was involved and are searching for a man who headed toward Interstate 5 after the attack.
Authorities warned people to stay indoors and avoid the mall area. Those who left their cars at the mall were told to check back the next day.
“Cascade Mall still an active scene,” the Skagit County emergency office tweeted. “Stay alert. Call 911 if you see anything.” Survivors were transported by bus to a nearby church.
Police are sweeping stores in Cascade Mall, searching for at least one shooter, Francis said.
Authorities released a photo of a man they said was the shooter, saying he prowled the mall armed with a rifle.
“Here is the shooter. We believe just one shooter. … Armed with rifle,” Francis tweeted. he said a manhunt is underway as police work on a few leads.
The FBI office in Seattle said it is helping with review of intelligence. There’s no information to suggest additional attacks were planned in the state, it tweeted.
Tari Caswell told the Skagit Valley Herald she was in the Macy’s women’s dressing room when she heard “what sounded like four balloons popping.”
“Then I heard seven or eight more, and I just stayed quiet in the dressing room because it just didn’t feel right. And it got very quiet. And then I heard a lady yelling for help, and a man came and got me and another lady, and we ran out of the store,” Caswell told the newspaper.
Stephanie Bose, an assistant general manager at Johnny Carino’s Italian restaurant near Macy’s, told the Associated Press she immediately locked the doors to the restaurant after hearing about the shooting from an employee’s boyfriend.
“He was trying to go to the mall and people were screaming,” she said. “It was frantic.”
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said law enforcement officers were working to locate the shooter, and urged residents to follow instructions.
“Follow detour warnings, stay close to friends and loved ones as we await more information and, hopefully, news of the suspect’s capture,” he tweeted.
He sent his condolences to the families of the victims and prayers to those injured.
Burlington is about 20 minutes north of Arlington and about an hour north of Seattle.
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