(BURLINGTON, Wash.) — A gunman armed with a rifle is on the loose after 3 women were fatally shot Friday night at a shopping mall about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington State Patrol said.
The shooting occurred at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, before 7 p.m. local time.
In addition to the three women fatally shot, one male sustained life-threatening injuries and one female sustained non-life threatening injuries, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a public information officer with Washington State Patrol. Police initially said four people were dead.
The male victim with life threatening injuries was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seatlle and “most likely will pass away,” Sgt. Francis said during a press conference.
Sgt. Francis said four of the victims were found in the women’s Macy’s store. “We believe all five were [found at Macy’s] but it has not been confirmed if the fifth was yet,” he said.
As of 10:00 p.m. local time, police were still hunting for the suspect.
Sgt. Francis described the shooter as a “Hispanic male wearing grey,” who who last seen walking toward Interstate 5.
In a subsequent tweet, Sgt. Francis tweeted a photo of the suspect, writing “Here is the shooter. We believe just one shooter … Armed with rifle.”
Law enforcement officers performed an initial sweep of the mall to ensure it had been evacuated. A secondary search is underway.
Sgt. Francis said police began receiving calls of an active shooter before 7 p.m.
In addition to state and local law enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, also said it was responding.
About 20 minutes after Sgt. Francis tweeted the number of fatalities, he tweeted, “EMS starting to enter to attend to injured inside Mall w/ police escort and after initial clearance.”
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
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