Police search for gunman who killed five in shooting at Washington state

September 24, 2016 17:53

A manhunt was underway on Saturday in northwest Washington state for a gunman who entered a Burlington shopping mall with a rifle the previous evening and killed five people before disappearing under the cover of darkness, the state police force said.

A man walked into the Cascade Mall, around 65 miles (105 km) north of Seattle, and began shooting at about 7 p.m. local time on Friday, Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis said on Twitter. The attack took place in the cosmetics section of a Macy's department store, Francis told the New York Times.

Four women were initially killed in the rampage, which state police believe was carried out by a lone gunman. Later a man who was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries died, Francis said in a statement early on Saturday morning.

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