Washington State: Gunman Kills At Least Three People In Mall Shooting; UPDATE: Now Four People

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Sep 24, 2016 2:22 AM
Washington State: Gunman Kills At Least Three People In Mall Shooting; UPDATE: Now Four People

UPDATE (11:30 a.m. ET): Lt. Chris Cammock of the Mount Vernon Police Department provided an update on the manhunt for the shooter who killed five people in the Cascade Mall Friday night.

The suspect, Cammock said at a press conference on Saturday, appears to be in his late teens and early twenties. His whereabouts are unknown. The authorities do not have an identity and are asking for the community’s help.

There is no evidence to point to terrorism at this time, authorities said.

UPDATE: The death toll is up to five, according to Washington State Patrol. A manhunt for the gunman is currently underway. He was last seen leaving the mall and walking toward Interstate 5.

UPDATE: USA Today reports the death toll is now four people.

UPDATE II: Suspect is a Hispanic male (via AP):

Police searched Saturday for a gunman who opened fire in the makeup department of a Macy's store at a mall north of Seattle, killing four females, authorities said.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said police were seeking a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a rifle last seen walking toward Interstate 5.

"We are still actively looking for the shooter," Francis said at a news conference. "Stay indoors, stay secure."

UPDATE III: Gov. Inslee reacts to the shooting:

***Original Post***

Last night, a gunman opened fire at the Cascade Mall in Washington State, killing at least three people and injuring two others. Authorities have a picture of the suspect who opened fire in the Macy’s store inside the complex. Authorities have no motives and this doesn’t appear to be a terrorist-related incident. The shooter, a Hispanic male, remains at large. 

The FBI and ATF are currently assisting local law enforcement as well. The mall is 434,000 square feet. Police have been searching the shopping center with multiple teams to full secure the area. The original death toll was originally reported to be four people, but it's since been revised down to three (via NBC News):

A gunman remains at large after killing at least three people in a shooting at a mall in Washington state on Friday night, Washington State Police said.

Authorities initially said four people had died in the shooting, but later revised the number to say that three women had been killed and one man was critically injured. One other woman suffered non-life threatening injuries.

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Reports about a shooting started coming in around 7 p.m. local time, Washington State Trooper spokeswoman Heather Axtman said.

There is no motive at this time and no indication that the event was terror related, Axtman said.