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4 Dead in Seattle-Area Mall Shooting, Gunman on the Loose, Say Police

. View photo 4 Dead in Seattle-Area Mall Shooting, Gunman on the Loose, Say Police (ABC News) A gunman is on the loose after four people were fatally shot Friday night at a shopping mall about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington State Pat
4 Dead in Seattle-Area Mall Shooting, Gunman on the Loose, Say Police
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4 Dead in Seattle-Area Mall Shooting, Gunman on the Loose, Say Police (ABC News)
 

A gunman is on the loose after four people were fatally shot Friday night at a shopping mall about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington State Patrol said.

The shooting occurred at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.

"4 confirmed deceased in the mall, shooter(s) left scene b4 police arrived, unknown # of shooter, possibly just 1, police clearing mall now," Sgt. Mark Francis, a public information officer with Washington State Patrol tweeted at 8:03 p.m. local time.

Sgt. Francis did not have a figure on the number of injured yet.

 

 

As of 8:35 p.m. local time, police were still hunting for the suspect.

 

 

Sgt. Francis described the shooter as a "Hispanic male wearing grey," who who last seen walking toward Interstate 5.

In a subsequent tweet, Sgt. Francis tweeted a photo of the suspect, writing "Here is the shooter. We believe just one shooter ... Armed with rifle."

 

 

Law enforcement officers performed an initial sweep of the mall to ensure it had been evacuated. A secondary search is underway.

 

Sgt. Francis said police began receiving calls of an active shooter before 7 p.m.

In addition to state and local law enforcement, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, also said it was responding.

 

 

About 20 minutes after Sgt. Francis tweeted the number of fatalities, he tweeted, "EMS starting to enter to attend to injured inside Mall w/ police escort and after initial clearance."

ABC News' Benjamin Stein and Devin Villacis contributed to this report.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.


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