4 killed 1 critically injured in mall shooting north of Seattle

first_imgSkagit County Department of Emergency Management released this security photo of the suspect in the Cascade Mall shooting in Burlington. BURLINGTON — A gunman remained on the loose after opening fire in a crowded mall north of Seattle, killing four people and critically wounding another before fleeing Friday night, authorities said.Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said police were searching for a man wearing black and armed with a rifle who was last seen walking toward Interstate 5.“We are still actively looking for the shooter,” Francis said at a news conference. “Stay indoors, stay secure.”Authorities say the motive was unknown.The FBI is assisting local authorities as dozens of police officers searched for the shooter. The FBI’s Seattle office said on Twitter that it “has no information to suggest additional attacks planned” in Washington but did not elaborate.The deadly shooting happened in the Macy’s store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, about 60 miles north of Seattle.Francis said four females were killed and one male suffered life-threatening injuries, revising the numbers for the second time Friday night. Authorities originally said four people were killed but updated the number of fatalities after they were able to secure the scene.Later, Francis said three females were killed, that one male suffered life-threatening injuries and another female suffered less serious injuries.Francis said the number 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.”last_img read more