Who is the Cascade Mall shooter?
BURLINGTON, Wash. (KOMO) - His name isn't known. His motive is a mystery.
But what this young man did Friday is horrifyingly clear.
The man, thought perhaps to be Latino in his late teens to mid-20s, walked into the Cascade Mall without a gun. And 10 minutes later, he entered Macy's with a rifle.
The carnage began.
He shot four women dead. He critically wounded a man, who died later at Harborview Medical Center.
The shooting was brief. It stopped almost as soon as it had begun.
As 200 police officers from at least four counties began to descend on the 435,000-square-foot mall, the man disappeared.
Police, worried the shooter was on the loose inside the mall and that there might be other victims, combed through "every nook and cranny" of the the shopping center, said Mount Vernon Police Lt. Chris Cammock.
He left behind his rifle.
Through the night and into the early morning, police tracked down tips from worried citizens.
But by the time police assembled Saturday morning to brief reporters, he remained at large.
"We do not have an identity on the individual yet. We certainly could use the public's help on that," Cammock, who is heading up a task force investigating the crime, said.
"I don't know what his motivations were," Cammock said. "I don't know what his motivations were to do this. I don't know what his motivations were to continue. I don't know what his motivations were to stop."
They released more photos taken from surveillance video.
Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton urged the public to offer all the help it can in tracking down the suspect.
"I know our main support goes with them, to help them, the long arm of the law, to bring the son-of-a-bitch to justice who did this to our community," he said at a news conference.
Police ask that people with tips call 360-428-3211 or email them at scinv@.co.skagit.wa.us.