MANHUNT on for gunman who killed 5, including 4 women, at Washington mall


Police are actively searching for this man.

washington-gunman-mallPolice were searching for a gunman who killed four women and a man at a Washington state mall Friday evening before fleeing the area.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said police were searching for a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a rifle who was last seen walking toward Interstate 5 near the Cascade Mall in Burlington.

Francis released a blurry surveillance photo of a man described as the suspect. His motive or relationship to the victims, if any, are unclear, he said. The names of the victims were not immediately released. “Stay indoors, stay secure,” Francis said at a news conference.

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The male victim was airlifted to a Seattle hospital with critical injuries. Washington State Patrol Trooper Heather Axtman told “Fox News” Saturday morning that the man had passed away.

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Sgt. Francis said the number fluctuated as authorities searched the 434,000-square-foot mall. He said the victims were shot in the ‘makeup department’ of the mall’s Macy’s store at approximately 7 p.m.

FBI assisting with intelligence

Washington State Trooper Rick Johnson told CNN they got reports that the suspect was behind some buildings headed to the freeway.
“They’re canvassing the area right now, and … (he) has not been located at this time,” Johnson said early Saturday.
The FBI office in Seattle is helping with a review of intelligence. There’s no information to suggest additional attacks were planned in the state, it tweeted.
We will keep you updated with more information as we get it. At this time, the perpetrator is still on the loose.


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