Police continue to search for shooting suspect

Police continue to search for shooting suspect

BURLINGTON, Wash. -- UPDATE: Suspected shooter is in custody.

Five people are dead and a community is disrupted after a shooting at a Seattle area mall.

"I hope in my career I don't have to cover another story like this. It is a very unfortunate incident," WSP Trooper Heather Axtman said.

Police are actively searching for the unidentified shooter. He is possibly Hispanic, with dark hair. He was wearing a black shirt. Anyone with information about him should contact police immediately.

"The shooter is still at large is very armed and dangerous. We believe he acted alone," Axtman said.

At around 7:00 pm on Friday, the shooter entered Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington. Surveillance footage shows he walked in without a weapon, but later walked into a Macy's with a rifle.

5 people were shot. Four women were found dead at the scene. One man was airlifted to Harborview. He died early this morning.

At one point, more than 200 officers from 26 different agencies were at the scene Friday night.

"It was the most chaotic scene," mall employee Armando Patino said.

Patino says he was there when shots were fired.

"I wouldn't think this would even happen here. I'm shocked," he said.

Joe Zavala heard gunshots while outside Macy's, then went inside searching for his wife, who was hiding in a fitting room.

"I found 2 ladies on the floor, one face down and a lot of blood on the floor," Zavala said. "I checked for a pulse, she didn't have any," he said.

The shooter's motive is still under investigation, but the Seattle FBI says there is currently no evidence that points toward terrorism.

As the investigation continues, WSP asks residents to report suspicious activity, and take precautions.

"Stay indoors. If you see something, say something," Sgt. Mark Francis said.