SEATTLE (CBS/AP) — 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 five people 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.”
Francis said police were seeking a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a “hunting-type” rifle last seen walking toward Interstate 5.
Authorities say the motive was unknown for the shooting about 60 miles (97 kilometers) 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.
(CNN) – UPDATE: A man has died as a result of Friday night’s shooting at a mall in Burlington, Washington, bringing to five the number of people killed in the shooting, state trooper Heather Axtman said Saturday morning.
A man carrying a rifle entered a Macy’s store at a mall in Washington state, killed four women and vanished into the night, authorities said.
The shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington left one man injured Friday night, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a spokesman for the state patrol.
Authorities believe it was a lone shooter, and are searching for a man who headed toward Interstate 5 after the attack, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a spokesman for the state patrol.