Massacre at the mall: Gunman kills 5 in Macy’s make-up department at Washington state mall

Authorities are looking for the active shooter who opened fire during a deadly shooting at a mall north of Seattle on Friday evening.

Four women and a man were confirmed dead after the shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, about 65 miles north of Seattle, the Washington State Patrol said.

The man was transported to hospital in critical condition and later succumbed to his wounds.

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.

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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.

Authorities initially said four people were killed, then said three were dead, before revising the number again.

Francis said the number fluctuated as authorities searched the large Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.

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Authorities believe there is only one shooter and said the motive was unknown.

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.

A local hospital told a CBS affiliate that it has received one causality from the shooting.

The station also reported that a nearby high school football game and neighboring businesses were evacuated as a precaution.

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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.’

Gov. Jay Inslee said tragedy has struck in Washington state in Burlington.

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The governor said in a statement that many questions remain but state patrol and local law enforcement are on the scene working swiftly to locate the shooter and clear the area.

‘Trudi and I send our condolences to the families of the victims and prayers for anyone injured,’ Inslee said.

‘We urge residents to heed all safety and detour warnings.

‘Stay close to your friends and loved ones as we await more information and, hopefully, news of the suspect’s capture.’

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Streets surrounding the mall and access roads to entrances to the facility had been closed off by police.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives said Friday night it was deploying to Burlington, Washington.

The FBI also said it is assisting local authorities in the investigation into the deadly mall shooting.

The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management asked the public avoid the Cascade Mall area while authorities search for the gunman.

Law enforcement also asked residents to stay inside and to contact police if they see anything suspicious.

An employee at a restaurant near the deadly mall shooting said they ‘immediately locked the doors’ when they heard of the mayhem unfolding on Friday night.

Stephanie Bose, an assistant general manager at Johnny Carino’s Italian restaurant near Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, told The Associated Press the shooting happened inside the Macy’s department store.

Her restaurant is just outside the Macy’s.

A boyfriend of one of Bose’s employees came into the restaurant after trying to go to the mall.

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She said he saw people screaming and police blocking the door with assault rifles.

‘He was trying to go to the mall and people were screaming,’ she said. ‘It was frantic.’

She said he could see police at the doors with assault rifles and said they were no longer guarding the doors as of 9.30pm local time.

After police evacuated the building, buses were transporting survivors to His Place Church in Burlington, Francis said.

Francis also said those who have cars in the parking lot can pick them up sometime tomorrow.

The Cascade Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Burlington, Washington that opened in 1990, according to the mall’s website.

It features J.C. Penney, TJ Maxx, and Macy’s stores, among other stores, restaurants and a movie theater.

The shooting comes less than a week after a Muslim terrorist stabbed nine people at a mall in central Minnesota before being shot and eliminated.

The FBI is investigating that attack as a potential act of terrorism.

NBC News reported that Washington State Patrol have said that there is no indication of terrorism in the shooting in Burlington.

The FBI’s Seattle office said via Twitter that it ‘has no information to suggest additional attacks planned’ in Washington state but did not elaborate.

The FBI said it is helping with intelligence review and manpower.

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