Four dead in shooting at mall in Washington state

Medics wait to gain access to the Cascade Mall after four people were shot dead in BurlingtonFour people have been shot dead at a mall in northwest Washington state and the gunman has fled the scene, police said on social media.

The shooting occurred at about 7:30 p.m. local time Friday at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, about 65 miles north of Seattle, Washington State Patrol spokesman Mark Francis said in a Twitter post.

A local hospital told a CBS affiliate that it has received one causality from the shooting.

Francis said police were actively searching for the shooter, who had posted a photo of rescue workers outside of the mall.

“EMS starting to enter to attend to injured inside mall with police escort and after initial clearance,” Francis said in a Twitter post.

The shooting comes less than a week after a man stabbed nine people at a mall in central Minnesota before being shot dead. The FBI is investigating the attack as a potential act of terrorism. (Courtesy Reuters)