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Five people killed in mall shooting in Washington state

Police continue to search for a gunman who authorities say opened fire and killed five people at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wash. before fleeing on foot late Friday night, Washington State Patrol said.
Five people killed in mall shooting in Washington state

A gunman fire at a Macy’s store in the mall north of Seattle, killing four females and critically injuring a man, who later died. Officials have not disclosed additional details about the victims, including their ages, USA Today portal reports.

The incident caused a frantic scene in the suburban Burlington mall, which sits about 65 miles north of Seattle. Gunshots reportedly rang out just after 7 p.m. local time, and triggered a quick response from law enforcement officials.

Authorities believe the suspect — a Hispanic man and wearing a black shirt — was armed with a rifle and was last seen walking towards Interstate 5.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said in a news conference that authorities are actively looking for the suspect and advised residents to stay indoors.

Francis tweeted that the suspect left the scene before police arrived. Authorities increased the death toll late Friday night as officials originally said four people were killed, before updating the figure to three. Police later searched the Cascade Mall and confirmed the four deaths, Francis said. The fifth victim died later at the Harborview Medical Center.

The motive behind the attack remains unknown.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation was assisting local law enforcement in the investigation and said it has no information to suggest additional attacks are planned in the state.

Francis said authorities believe there was one shooter.