3 Dead, 2 Injured in Seattle-Area Mall Shooting, Gunman on the Loose

3 Dead, 2 Injured in Seattle-Area Mall Shooting, Gunman on the Loose

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A gunman armed with a rifle is on the loose after three women were fatally shot Friday night at a shopping mall about 65 miles north of US city of Seattle, Washington State Patrol said.

The shooting occurred at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, before 7 p.m. local time.

In addition to the three women fatally shot, one male sustained life-threatening injuries and one female sustained non-life threatening injuries, said Sgt. Mark Francis, a public information officer with Washington State Patrol. Police initially said four people were dead.

The male victim with life threatening injuries was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and "most likely will pass away," Sgt. Francis said during a press conference. Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg confirmed the male victim arrived at the facility in critical condition via airlift around 9:30 p.m., adding "we are not expecting any others."

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

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."
Sgt. Francis said four of the victims were found in Macy's. "We believe all five were [found at Macy's] but it has not been confirmed if the fifth was yet," he said, ABC News reported.

"Out of nowhere I just hear somebody yell and then after that, I turn around and just look at the Macy's and I just hear shots," Armando Patino, who was working the T-Mobile store, told ABC affiliate KOMO. "I hear one shot and then stand kinda still and like two three other people start running out saying gun."

Patino added, "I turn around and run to the store. Some people didn't know where to go. I just moved them into the [T-Mobile] store. We went in the back where we have a door and everything and we just stayed there until they told us to evacuate."

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