The suspected Washington state mall shooter has been captured: state police

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(Reuters) – A suspect in the fatal shooting of five people at a Washington state mall was taken into custody on Saturday, Washington State Patrol spokesman Keith Leary said in a telephone interview.

The Washington State Patrol in a message on Twitter also confirmed a person had been taken into custody.

Officials said in messages on Twitter that authorities would hold a news conference to provide further details about the arrest.

Authorities first received reports of shots fired in Burlington’s Cascade Mall around 7 p.m. PT on Friday night. A gunman had opened fire in a Macy’s store, killing four women and a man.

The shooter then disappeared under the cover of darkness at the Cascade Mall on Friday, authorities said. The suspect remained at large for nearly a full day as authorities launched their search.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, is believed to have entered the mall in Burlington, around 65 miles (105 km) north of Seattle, and began shooting in the cosmetics section of a Macy’s department store, police said. 

He initially walked into the shopping center without the rifle but surveillance video later caught him brandishing the weapon, said Lieutenant Chris Cammock of the Mount Vernon Police Department at a briefing on Saturday.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Michael Perry)

SEE ALSO: 5 people killed in mall shooting in Washington

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