By Kelsey Mitchell, National News Writer
Mall-goers at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington were left in terror after a man opened fire, killing five people. Around 7 p.m., an unidentified suspect carrying a rifle shot four women and a man in the Macy’s department store at the mall. The victims ranged from teen to elderly. Thus far, the identities of the victims have not been released. The perpetrator has yet to be identified by police.
Moviegoers at the mall were asked to evacuate following the shooting. Brandi Montreuil, who was in the theater, told CNN that “the theater attendant came in and apologized for stopping the movie and said they were asked to have everyone leave immediately.” She said that no explanation was given, however she stated that “…you immediately think about what happened in Aurora, Colorado, so you start moving faster.”
Armando Patino was working at the T-Mobile store near Macy’s recalled that “out of nowhere I just hear somebody yell and then after that, I turn around and just look at the Macy’s and I just hear shots.”
The evacuated mall-goers were transported via bus to a nearby church as police began the search for the gunman. K-9 units were brought to the mall as an all-night search was conducted.
Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton called the shooting a “senseless act” in a press conference held following the shooting.
According to Michael Knutson, assistant special agent in charge of the Seattle FBI, there is no known terrorist link to the act.
Police are working to identify the assailant, whom they believed acted alone. The suspect is believed to be a Hispanic male, in his 20’s or 30’s, with dark hair. Surveillance images of the gunman have been released to the public in hopes of identifying him. Mount Vernon Lt Chris Cammock hopes the images will help identify the suspect: “Hopefully people who know and recognize this individual will help us.”
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, September 27th print edition.
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