5 people killed at mall shooting in Washington, suspect at large

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Five people are dead and a suspect remains at large after a mall shooting in Washington state.

According to CNN, a man carrying a rifle went into the makeup department at a Macy's store in Cascade Mall around 7 p.m. on Friday and began shooting, killing four women and one man. He then fled the scene on foot.

The gunman is believed to have acted alone – the motive is unclear.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said at a news conference that the suspect was headed towards Interstate 5 after the attack.

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

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Police are looking for a Hispanic man. He was wearing black/gray and armed with a "hunting-type" rifle. The description is based on statements from witnesses.

Authorities have also released a photo of the shooter.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has sent in agents to assist local law enforcement, FBI Seattle division spokeswoman, Ayn Dietrich-Williams told the Wall Street Journal.

The shooting happened in Burlington, about 65 miles north of Seattle.

Williams said that the FBI does not have information to suggest that more attacks are planned in Washington.

Witnesses said the 434,000 square foot mall was open and full of shoppers at the time of the shooting, many of them young people, WSJ said.

Officers searched and cleared the mall section by section as survivors contacted police to be escorted out.

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Police confirmed the four deaths after the search. The male victim died later at the Harborview Medical Center. More information on the victims has not yet been released.

Earlier this month, a stabbing attack at a mall in St. Cloud sent nine people to the hospital, and ended when an off-duty cop shot and killed the suspect. It is being investigated as a possible act of terrorism.

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