September 2016 – BURLINGTON, Wash. — The FBI has joined the search for an armed man suspected of killing five people in a shooting at Cascade Mall in Skagit County. The shooter remained on the loose Saturday morning. Police don’t know his name or his motive. Investigators said newly released surveillance photos show the suspect enter the mall without a weapon, then was seen about 10 minutes later with the rifle inside the Macy’s store. It’s not clear where he got his gun. He left his rifle behind in the mall and apparently slipped away as police began combing through the shopping center. The FBI said right now, there’s no indication this is an act of terror.
According to police, four women were killed. The fifth victim, a man, died later at Harborview Medical Center. The four women’s bodies remain inside the mall. And it may take some time for an autopsy for all four and to identify them. They were described as ranging in age from teenagers to seniors. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who were affected by this tragedy, ” said Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton. “It was a senseless act. It was the world knocking on our doorstep and it came to our little community here.” An emotional Sexton called on the community to help find the shooter.
“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. Central United Methodist Church in Sedro-Woolley will be hosting a prayer vigil at 5 p.m. Saturday in honor of the shooting victims. The church will be open form 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. as a space for prayer and meditation for the Skagit Valley community, Cody Natland, a pastor at the church, said. –Komo News
Definition: Terrorism is, in its broadest sense, the use or threatened use of violence (terror) in order to achieve a political, religious, or ideological aim. It is classified as fourth-generation warfare and as a violent crime.