A man armed with a rifle is on the loose after shooting five people dead at a shopping mall in the United States.
Police are hunting the suspected gunman, caught on surveillance camera, during the attack on Friday night at Burlington, just over 100 km north of Seattle.
AP PHOTO: Suspect in deadly Burlington, Wash. mall shooting, taken from security video. https://t.co/6iw19PxtUu— The Associated Press (@AP) 24 septembre 2016
The four women killed in the Cascade Mall were reportedly shot in the make-up section of a department store. One critically injured male victim later died of his wounds.
Police believe a lone gunman, described as an Hispanic male, was involved. Local people in Burlington, in Washington State near the Canadian border, are being advised to stay indoors while he remains on the run.
The attack comes less than a week after a man stabbed nine people at a mall in Minnesota before being shot dead in what is being investigated as a potential act of terrorism.
US media is reporting that Washington State Patrol have said there is no indication of terrorism in the Burlington shooting.
Update: Shooting at a mall in Washington State left 3 people dead and the police searching for the gunman https://t.co/4bOaQjR5Vg— The New York Times (@nytimes) 24 septembre 2016
“Tragedy has struck in Washington tonight. Our hearts are in Burlington,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said on Twitter.