US mall shooting: Man wounded in attack dies overnight, toll now at 5
'Tragedy has struck in Washington tonight. Our hearts are in Burlington,' governor Jay Inslee said on Twitter. Photograph: (Reuters)
A man walked into the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 65 miles (105 km) north of Seattle and began shooting at about 7 pm local time on Friday, Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis said on Twitter.
A man who was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries died overnight, Francis said to the New York Times on Saturday, Reuters reported.
A manhunt is underway to nab the assailant, police said. Local authorities searched all night long for the gunman, believed to be armed with a rifle, and warned residents to remain inside, Reuters reported.
4 confirmed deceased in the mall, shooter(s) left scene b4 police arrived, unknown # of shooter, possibly just 1, police clearing mall now— Sgt. Mark Francis (@wspd7pio) September 24, 2016
Police have identified the shooter as a Hispanic American.
Active shooter description: Hispanic male wearing grey. Last seen walking towards I5 from Cascade Mall burlington.— Sgt. Mark Francis (@wspd7pio) September 24, 2016
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
"Tragedy has struck in Washington tonight. Our hearts are in Burlington," governor Jay Inslee said on Twitter.
This latest attack took place only a few days after a man stabbed nine people at a mall in central Minnesota before being shot dead.