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09-24-2016, 05:45 AM

Death toll in Burlington shooting rises to 5; gunman at large

by: KIRO 7 News Staff Updated: Sep 24, 2016 - 5:33 AM

The death toll rose overnight when a fifth person died from a shooting at a mall north of Seattle. Authorities say the suspected gunman, who opened fired in a Macy's at Burlington's cascade mall, was last seen on Friday night walking toward Interstate 5.


5 people killed at mall in Burlington, Wash.
4 people killed were women
1 man injured, in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center
Police are still searching for the gunman, nearly 12 hours later.
Photo of shooter released by police, see below

The shooting happened in the makeup department at Macy's.

Police originally said four people were killed and then provided an update later in the night that three were killed and two others were injured.

Just before 11:30 p.m., troopers gave another update and said four women were killed and one man was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center.

Authorities are searching for a shooter. The first image of the suspect was released Friday night at about 9:15 p.m.

Troopers said they are looking for a Hispanic man wearing grey, who was last seen walking towards I-5 from Cascade Mall.


The Bobster
09-24-2016, 06:54 AM

Gunman still at large after killing 5 inside mall
By Associated Press
September 23, 2016 | 11:27pm

BURLINGTON, Wash. — Police searched Saturday for a gunman authorities said opened fire in the makeup department of a Macy’s store at a mall north of Seattle, killing four females and one man, before fleeing toward an interstate on foot.

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.”

Police said they were looking for a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a “hunting-type” rifle and last seen walking toward Interstate 5. The description, including that he appeared Hispanic, was based on statements from witnesses, said Given Kutz, a spokesman for the Skagit County Emergency Operations Center.

Authorities say the motive was unknown for the shooting about 60 miles 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.

The male victim died early Saturday at a Seattle hospital. It was unclear where in the mall he was when he was shot. Authorities had previously announced the deaths of the four females. No other details about the victims were provided, including their ages.

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 the Macy’s store at the mall, said she immediately locked the doors to the restaurant after hearing about the shooting from an employee’s boyfriend.