BREAKING OVERNIGHT: A man opened fire in the make-up department of Macy’s, killing several, before fleeing. Police are on the hunt.
— William (@willziz) September 24, 2016
People fled, customers hid in dressing rooms and employees locked the doors of nearby stores after gunshots rang out just after 7 p.m. Friday at the Cascade Mall. A helicopter, search teams and K-9 units scoured the area for a rifle-carrying man.
“We are still actively looking for the shooter,” Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said at a news conference. “Stay indoors, stay secure.”
Francis said police were seeking a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a “hunting-type” rifle last seen walking toward Interstate 5.
At 10:00pm, confirmed in Cascade Mall shooting: 3 dead females, 2 injured active search for shooter – Hispanic man, dark shirt with rifle.
— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) September 24, 2016
3:00PM Central Update: Police continue to search for the gunman who is still on the run.
“There are people waking up this morning and their world has changed forever,” an emotional Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton said. “This was a senseless act. It was the world knocking on our doorstep and it came to our little community here.”
The mayor added that authorities would come together “to bring this son of a b—- to justice.” –Washington Post
6:45AM Central Update: Four women and one man were killed, police said in an updated toll. The man had been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, but died there, police spokesman Sergeant Mark Francis said. –Breitbart
6:00AM Central Update: Police warn that residents should stay indoors while they search.
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Authorities say the motive was unknown for the shooting about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Seattle.
The FBI was assisting local authorities as dozens of police officers searched for the suspect. The FBI’s Seattle office said on Twitter that it “has no information to suggest additional attacks planned” in Washington state but did not elaborate.
In addition to the three women fatally shot, one male sustained life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a public information officer with Washington State Patrol.
The male victim with life threatening injuries was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and “most likely will pass away,” Sgt. Francis said during a press conference Friday night. Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg confirmed the male victim arrived at the facility in critical condition via airlift around 9:30 p.m., adding “we are not expecting any others.”
Police initially said four people were dead, but then revised the figure to three, before updating it back to four fatalities. And police initially said one female sustained non-life threatening injuries, but that was incorrect. Francis said the numbers fluctuated as authorities searched the mall.
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.
Another witness said:
“Out of nowhere I just hear somebody yell and then after that, I turn around and just look at the Macy’s and I just hear shots,” Armando Patino, who was working the T-Mobile store, told ABC affiliate KOMO. “I hear one shot and then stand kinda still and like two three other people start running out saying gun.”
Patino added, “I turn around and run to the store. Some people didn’t know where to go. I just moved them into the [T-Mobile] store. We went in the back where we have a door and everything and we just stayed there until they told us to evacuate.”
Video of witness interview below:
— KOMO News (@komonews) September 24, 2016
The gunman is still on the run. Authorities are asking for help in finding him.
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— William (@willziz) September 24, 2016
We will continue to follow the story and provide updates when we have them.