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Washington Cascade Mall shooting: What we know so far

Atleast three people were killed, one was critically injured and an unknown number wounded on Saturday morning at a mall in the US state of Washington.

world Updated: Sep 24, 2016 12:24 IST
Law enforcement officers stand outside of Cascade Mall in Burlington, where several people were fatally shot on Friday, Sept 23, 2016.
Law enforcement officers stand outside of Cascade Mall in Burlington, where several people were fatally shot on Friday, Sept 23, 2016. (AP)

At least four people were killed on Saturday morning at a mall in the US state of Washington.

Here is all you need to know about the shooting.

When and where

The shooting occurred at about 7:30 pm local time on Friday (5 am Saturday morning in India) at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 65 miles north of Seattle.

The Cascade Mall is an enclosed shopping mall 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 theatre.

Casualties

According to latest reports, four females were killed in the incident.

Authorities initially said four people were killed, then said three were dead, before revising the number again. Francis said the number fluctuated as authorities searched the large Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.

Suspect

According to police there is at least one suspect in the shooting who is a “Hispanic male wearing black or grey shirt”. He was last seen walking toward the Interstate 5 highway from the mall before police arrived.

Witnesses

Witnesses told KOMO News that a shooter walked into Macy’s department store and opened fire. Nearby businesses were evacuated, the television station added.

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.

Status

The mall was evacuated, police swarmed the area and medics rushed to the scene to help the wounded after the mall was initially placed on lockdown and cleared.

Multiple law enforcement agencies and sniffer dogs were searching for the suspect.

Francis said survivors were being transported by bus to a nearby church.