Everything we know so far about the US shopping mall shootings


US police are hunting for a gunman after four people were shot dead in a crowded shopping mall in Burlington, Washington State.

Officers are searching for a Hispanic man wearing black and armed with a rifle. He was last spotted walking towards the Interstate 5 motorway after the incident at the Cascade Mall, about 60 miles north of Seattle. His motive is currently unclear.

Police said four females died, a male is critically ill and another female suffered non-life threatening injuries after shots were fired at Macy's. The mall was evacuated at about 8:30pm (4:30am BST) and emergency medical personnel were allowed to enter.

Shopping mall shootings.
(Stephen Brashear/AP)

One witness, Tari Caswell, told reporters she was in the women's dressing room at Macy's when she heard "what sounded like four balloons popping".

She added: "Then I heard seven or eight more, and I just stayed quiet in the dressing room because it just didn't feel right. And it got very quiet. And then I heard a lady yelling for help, and a man came and got me and another lady, and we ran out of the store."

Cascade mall shootings.
(Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)

Stephanie Bose, an assistant general manager at Johnny Carino's Italian restaurant near Macy's, said she immediately locked the doors to the restaurant after hearing about the shooting from an employee's boyfriend.

"He was trying to go to the mall and people were screaming," she said. "It was frantic."

Washington governor Jay Inslee said tragedy had struck the state.

Jay Inslee.
Jay Inslee (Elaine Thompson/AP)

"We urge residents to heed all safety and detour warnings," he said. "Stay close to your friends and loved ones as we await more information and, hopefully, news of the suspect's capture."