4 Dead After Shooting in Washington State; Suspect at Large



At least four people were killed in a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington Friday night, Washington State Patrol confirmed. The shooter is not in custody.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Sgt. Mark Francis confirmed to KTLA sister station KCPQ in Seattle that an active shooter was in the mall. The suspect left the scene before police arrived. He was last seen walking toward Interstate 5.

Sgt. Francis tweeted a description of the suspect. He is described as a Hispanic male wearing grey.

Reports of the shooting began coming in about 7:20 p.m. and were centered around Macy’s in the mall. Workers and visitors at the mall were asked to shelter in place.

Police have closed all road-access mall entrances and streets surrounding the mall.

Francis tweeted that survivors would be transported by bus to a nearby church.

The Cascade Mall in Burlington is about 65 miles north of Seattle.

Brandi Montreuil said she was at the movies when they were told to leave.

“I didn’t know anything,” she said. “The theater attendant came in and apologized for stopping the movie and said they (theater staff) were asked to have everyone leave immediately.”

She said at first she thought it was a drill.

“But you immediately think about what happened in Aurora, Colorado, so you start moving faster,” she said, referring to the shooting in 2012 that left 12 dead.

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When they got outside, they saw numerous police vehicles, but with no officers in sight, Montreuil said.

“We didn’t know if it was a fire so we were looking for smoke of some kind. Then a few officers started canvassing through the crowds asking if anybody saw anything.”

She said an officer “with a large gun started yelling for people to leave, and fast.”

Skagit Breaking News posted the video below on their Facebook following the shooting.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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