Authorities are searching for the gunman who is responsible for Friday’s Macy’s Massacre in Washington state, that left five people dead. The unidentified gunman walked into the Cascade Mall and went to Macy’s and opened fired.
Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton stated during a press conference Saturday morning, ” this is a senseless act. Sexton continued to state, “there are people waking up this morning and their world has changed forever. It was the world knocking on our doorstep and it came to our little community here. Authorities will work together and to bring this son of a b—- to justice,” via The Washington Post.
Surveillance video captured the gunman’s entering the mall around 7:30 pm without a weapon. Approximately 10 minutes later the suspected entered Macy’s carrying what looks like some sort of rifle.
According to reports, the suspect began calling out a woman’s name before the massacre. The five victims who ranged in ages from a teenager to an elderly person. The four women were confirmed dead at Macy’s. The man was airlifted to the local hospital where he later died of his injuries.
“The motive for the deadly shooting is unknown,” according to Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock. Cammock also gave a description of the Macy’s massacre shooter. The man is between 20 and 30 years- old, with dark hair and a darker complexion, possibly Hispanic and was wearing black,” according to the Providence Journal.
Michael Knutson, the assistant special agent in charge of the Seattle FBI, stated, “we have no indication this was a terrorist act, there is no evidence to support that. Knustson continued to say, “I cannot discount it.”
Before law enforcement arrived at the scene the shooter fled the mall. The suspect left the gun used at a cosmetics counter and was seen walking toward Interstate 5.
People who were in the mall ran to cover and hid inside of stores for safety. Joe Zavala was outside Macy’s having coffee when the shooting started and saw the suspect. Zavala stated, “I got up to look a little closer and he saw me, pointed the gun, and I took off running,” via NBC News.
While police searched for the gunman, the mall remained in lock-down.
Gov. Jay Inslee said tragedy had struck the state. “We urge residents to heed all safety and detour warnings. Stay close to your friends and loved ones as we await more information and, hopefully, news of the suspect’s capture,” Gov. Inslee stated.
Law enforcement agencies are asking the public any information on the Macy’s shooter so that he can be brought to justice. As a result of the ongoing investigation, the mall will be closed temperately.