A gunman opened fire in a crowded mall north of Seattle, killing four people before fleeing on Friday night, authorities said.
The shooting occurred at about 7.30 pm local time Friday at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington State Patrol spokesperson Mark Francis said on Twitter.
Here is how the event unfolded:
The death toll was again revised to four by Washington state authorities.
10.40am: KIRO, a television station in Seattle, reported that shoppers had locked themselves in dressing rooms and other areas of the mall, too frightened to come out.
10.22am: Washington State Patrol revises death toll, says 3 dead, 1 critically injured
Buses are leaving now to take Survivors to "His Place" to meet up w/ family.— Sgt. Mark Francis (@wspd7pio) September 24, 2016
10:01am: Governor of Washington, Jay Inslee, said local law enforcement are on the scene working swiftly to locate the shooter and clear the area.
Many questions remain but @wastatepatrol and local law enforcement are on the scene working swiftly to locate the shooter and clear the area— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) September 24, 2016
9:58am: An employee at a restaurant near the mall said they “immediately locked the doors” when they heard of the mayhem. Stephanie Bose, an assistant general manager at Johnny Carino’s Italian restaurant near Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, told The Associated Press the shooting happened inside the Macy’s department store.
9:51am: Washington State Patrol police releases picture of the shooter
Here is the shooter. We believe just one shooter. Notify authorities if you see him. Armed with rifle. pic.twitter.com/GXeWCPYnx5— Sgt. Mark Francis (@wspd7pio) September 24, 2016
9:45am: A witness to the shooting speaks to reporters, says the gunman fired 7 to 8 shots
9:35am: Suspect Headed towards I5 from the mall- that’s the last known location, says Sgt. Mark Francis
9:16am: Police is actively searching for the shooter who remains at large.
We're actively searching for suspect, tracking leads, etc— Sgt. Mark Francis (@wspd7pio) September 24, 2016
9:15am: Sgt. Mark Francis said four people have been confirmed dead and police is clearing the mall.
Sergeant Mark Francis described the suspect in the shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington, in the US Pacific Northwest state as a “Hispanic male wearing grey.”
The Cascade Mall is an enclosed shopping mall in Burlington, Washington that opened in 1990, according to the mall’s website. It features J.C. Penney, TJ Maxx, and Macy’s stores, among other stores, restaurants and a movie theater.