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Four People Reported Dead After Mall Shooting In WA

The Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington erupted in gunfire on Friday night.

Four people were killed in a shooting, according to a tweet by a Washington state patrol spokesman.

Burlington is roughly 65 miles north of Seattle and has a population of over 8,000.

As of 11:24 pm PST, police were still looking for at least one shooter. At this point it's not clear if there were multiple gunmen involved, and authorities are sweeping the mall's stores.

Sgt. Mark Francis has advised all locals to stay away from the scene,

Please avoid Cascade Mall area in Burlington. Follow all road closures.

Francis added that survivors of the shooting would be transported via bus to a nearby church.

EMS have arrived on the scene and entered the mall with a police escort, according to another one of Francis' tweets.

Mall visitor Brandi Montreuil was watching a movie when they told her to evacuate,

I didn't know anything. The theater attendant came in and apologized for stopping the movie and said they (theater staff) were asked to have everyone leave immediately.

Of course, Montreuil thought it was a drill at first and then remembered the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. When survivors reached outside they saw a lot of police vehicles but few officers. Brandi added,

We didn't know if it was a fire so we were looking for smoke of some kind. Then a few officers started canvassing through the crowds asking if anybody saw anything.

Eventually Montreuil was told to leave the scene by an officer.

As for the suspects at large, Francis stated the following:

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Citations: Washington mall shooting: Four dead in Burlington, police say (CNN), 4 Dead in Seattle-Area Mall Shooting, Gunman on the Loose, Say Police (ABC News)