5th Person Dies After Wash. Mall Shooting

Cops still searching for shooter
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 24, 2016 8:41 AM CDT
5th Person Dies After Wash. Mall Shooting
Authorities released this video image of the suspect.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – Authorities say a fifth person has died following a Friday night shooting at a shopping mall north of Seattle. The unidentified male victim died early Saturday at a Seattle hospital, the AP reports. Authorities had previously announced the deaths of four females. No other details about the victims were provided, including their ages. Police are still searching for the man who opened fire in the makeup department of a Macy's store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington before fleeing toward an interstate on foot. "We are still actively looking for the shooter," Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said at a news conference. "Stay indoors, stay secure."

Witnesses tell the Skagit Valley Herald that there was panic and confusion inside the mall after the shooting at around 7pm Friday. Police say they are looking for a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a "hunting-type" rifle and last seen walking toward Interstate 5. The description, including that he appeared Hispanic, was based on statements from witnesses, says a spokesman for the Skagit County Emergency Operations Center. Authorities say the motive is unknown and it's not clear what relationship, if, any, the shooter had with the victims, CNN reports. (Read more mass shootings stories.)

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