The shooting took place at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.

By Alexia Fernandez
September 24, 2016 12:50 AM
Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times/AP

Police officers are searching for a suspect who shot and killed five people at a shopping mall on Friday night about 65 miles north of Seattle, according to Washington State Patrol officials.

The shooting took place at Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.

A tweet sent out by Sgt. Mark Francis, a public information officer of the Washington State Patrol, confirmed that four people were dead and that the suspect had left before police arrived at the scene.

In a subsequent tweet, Francis wrote that officials believed there was only one shooter involved and that he was armed with a rifle. He also included what seemed to be a surveillance picture of the suspect.

Skagit County, where the Cascade Mall is located, described the suspect as a “Hispanic Male” wearing a “black shirt.”

It wasn’t clear how many people were injured, but Francis tweeted that emergency responders were entering the mall to attend to those injured inside.

On Saturday, CNN reported that four women were killed inside the mall and a man died later at the hospital from his injuries.

Survivors were later evacuated after an initial clearance of the building. Police began receiving calls of an active shooter before 7 p.m., according to ABC News.

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