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Gunman kills four in Macy's store at US mall

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2016 | 9:21 AM
Law enforcement officers work at the crime scene outside of Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, where several people were fatally shot on Friday evening.

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP):

Police searched today for a gunman who opened fire in the makeup department of a Macy's store at a mall north of Seattle, killing four females, authorities said.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt Mark Francis said police were seeking a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a rifle last seen walking toward Interstate 5.

"We are still actively looking for the shooter," Francis said at a news conference. "Stay indoors, stay secure."

Authorities say the motive for Friday night's shooting which also left a male critically wounded was unknown.

The FBI was assisting local authorities as dozens of police officers searched for the suspect. The FBI's Seattle office said on Twitter that it "has no information to suggest additional attacks planned" in Washington state but did not elaborate.

IN PHOTO: Law enforcement investigate a deadly shooting in the Macy's store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington. - AP

The deadly shooting happened in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Seattle. Francis said the "lone shooter" attacked the victims with a "hunting type rifle."

Authorities initially reported four people were killed, then said three were dead, before revising the number again. Francis said the number fluctuated as authorities searched the shopping center.

Tari Caswell told the Skagit Valley Herald she was in the Macy's women's dressing room when she heard "what sounded like four balloons popping."

"Then I heard seven or eight more, and I just stayed quiet in the dressing room because it just didn't feel right. And it got very quiet. And then I heard a lady yelling for help, and a man came and got me and another lady, and we ran out of the store," Caswell told the newspaper.