Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Shooting in US mall leaves 3 dead, 1 seriously injured

A handout photograph made avaliable by Washington State Patrol showing a man beleived to be the shooter, armed with a rifle, who Washington State Patrol officers said is wanted in connection in the fatal shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, USA, 23 September 2016. Washington State Patrol report that the gunman is on the loose and are asking members of the public to notify them after four people were fatally shot at a shopping mall about 65 miles north of Seattle, on the evening of 23 September 2016. Four confirmed deceased in the mall, shooter(s) left scene before police arrived, unknown number of shooters, possibly just one, police clearing mall now, stated 'Sgt. Mark Francis, a public information officer with Washington State Patrol EPA/SGT. MARK FRANCIS

A handout photograph made avaliable by Washington State Patrol showing a man beleived to be the shooter, armed with a rifle, who Washington State Patrol officers said is wanted in connection in the fatal shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, USA, 23 September 2016. Washington State Patrol report that the gunman is on the loose and are asking members of the public to notify them after four people were fatally shot at a shopping mall about 65 miles north of Seattle, on the evening of 23 September 2016. Four confirmed deceased in the mall, shooter(s) left scene before police arrived, unknown number of shooters, possibly just one, police clearing mall now, stated ‘Sgt. Mark Francis, a public information officer with Washington State Patrol EPA/SGT. MARK FRANCIS

Washington, Sep 24 (EFE).- Three people died and a fourth was seriously injured in a shooting that occurred at a shopping mall in Burlington, Washington, of the United States, said state police.

Three female victims died while the male victim is hospitalized in critical condition.

Authorities said they are hunting for the shooter, allegedly a young Hispanic man in a black t-shirt, who fled the scene before police arrived.

The shooting took place around 7pm local time Friday (2am Saturday GMT), when a man armed with a rifle entered the Macy’s store inside Cascade Mall and opened fire on customers.

Authorities had initially reported four dead victims, but later reduced the figure to three after emergency teams arrived.

“Here is the shooter. We believe just one shooter. Notify authorities if you see him, (he is) armed with a rifle,” said Washington State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis, referring to a photograph released by state police of the alleged killer.

Francis added that the killer was last seen walking towards the I-5 highway adjoining the mall.

According to local media reports, police have received several phone calls from a man identifying himself as the shooter, although they are yet to confirm its veracity.

Burlington, a municipal region with nearly 8,500 inhabitants is located 105 km north of Seattle.

The Department of Emergency Management of Skagit County, where Burlington is located, has asked citizens to avoid the area, which is presently being combed by police.