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Police search for gunman who killed 5 in Washington

  • Published at 03:00 am September 25th, 2016
Police search for gunman who killed 5 in Washington
A man walked into the Cascade Mall, around 105km north of Seattle, and began shooting on Friday, Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis said on Twitter. The attack took place in the cosmetics section of a Macy’s department store, Francis told the New York Times. Four women were initially killed in the rampage, which state police believe was carried out by a lone gunman. Later a man who was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries died, Francis said in a statement early yesterday morning. Authorities offered no information about a possible motive for the attack, which followed a series of violent outbursts at shopping center across the United States, including the stabbing of nine people at a Minnesota centre last weekend. There was no indication from authorities that the rampage was linked to any previous attack, and none of the victims were identified. Local and state police officials were not immediately available for further comment but were expected to hold a news conference later yesterday morning. Francis said on Twitter that police and rescue workers had carefully worked their way through the mall, clearing stores and evacuating shoppers, some of whom locked themselves in dressing rooms. He also said police were searching the area for the shooter, who was described as a “Hispanic male wearing gray” and was last seen walking toward a nearby interstate highway. State police released a grainy photo of the suspect taken by a surveillance camera. It showed a young man who appeared to be in his 20’s with short dark hair and a pale complexion and carrying a rifle. Local authorities searched throughout the night for the gunman, believed to be armed with a rifle, and warned residents to remain inside. “Tragedy has struck in Washington tonight. Our hearts are in Burlington,” Governor Jay Inslee said on Twitter. The shooting comes less than a week after a man stabbed nine people at a mall in the central Minnesota city of St Cloud before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer. The FBI is investigating that attack as a potential act of terrorism. “At this time, the FBI has no information to suggest additional attacks planned in WA state,” the Washington State Patrol said on Twitter.
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