Three dead in shooting at mall in Washington state
A manhunt was underway after a gunman killed at least three people and wounded two others late Friday during a shooting at a mall in the US state of Washington.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Mark Francis said there was at least one suspect in the shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington, describing him as a â€œHispanic male wearing gray.â€
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Officials initially released a still from video surveillance of the younger-looking suspect holding what appears to be a rifle, before releasing a closely cropped image of the same still showing only the suspectâ€™s head and torso.
Francis told reporters that three women were killed and two men were wounded, with one suffering life-threatening injuries. He had earlier estimate the toll at four dead.
Police received calls around 6:58 pm (0058 GMT) that shots were fired at the mall, located about 70 miles (110 kilometers) north of Seattle in the US Pacific Northwest state, Trooper Rick Johnson told CNN.
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â€œRight now we canâ€™t assume anything. So theyâ€™re still interviewing witnesses and trying to get a good idea of exactly what action to take next. Weâ€™re just asking people to, obviously, stay away from the area. Stay inside and obviously report anything suspicious that they may see.â€
The suspect was last seen walking toward the Interstate 5 highway from the mall before police arrived, Francis said on Twitter, adding: â€œWeâ€™re actively searching for suspect, tracking leads, etc.â€
The mall was evacuated, police swarmed the area and medics rushed to the scene to help the wounded after the mall was initially placed on lockdown and cleared.
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Multiple law enforcement agencies and sniffer dogs were searching for the suspect.
Francis said survivors were being transported by bus to a nearby church.
Witnesses told KOMO News that a shooter walked into Macyâ€™s and opened fire. Nearby businesses were evacuated, the television station added.