Authorities: Suspect in deadly Washington state mall shooting in custody

BURLINGTON, WA – The Washington State Patrol said on Twitter that it took a person into custody Saturday night who is suspected in the fatal shooting at the Cascade Mall.


The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management said via Twitter Saturday evening that the suspect had been captured. No other details were immediately available. A news conference was set for Saturday night.

A gunman opened fire at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, Friday night, killing four females and a male before fleeing. Law enforcement staged a massive search over more than 20 hours for the suspect, initially described by witnesses as a young Hispanic male wearing black.

Authorities had said that a rifle had been found at the scene.

The motive was unknown for the shooting about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Seattle. The FBI was assisting local authorities, but it said there was no evidence to point to terrorism.

The State Patrol will be holding a press conference where they are expected to release further details on the arrest.