BURLINGTON Wash. -- Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton said “it was the world knocking on our doorstep,” while speaking about the Cascade Mall shooting. Police are still searching for the gunman who opened fire Friday evening in Burlington’s Cascade Mall, killing five people.
Police said they do not yet have an identity of the suspect. He was still on the loose at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, police said, and there was no indication of his whereabouts.
In Sexton's heart-wrenching and powerful response he thanked the 26 agencies that assisted last night and vowed to "bring this son of a b**** to justice."
Read his full statement below:
"There are people waking up this morning and their world has changed forever. The city of Burlington has probably changed forever. But I don't think our way of life needs to change in our community. This was a senseless act. It was the world knocking on our doorstep. And it came to our little community here.
We had a tremendous response from our first responders. I want to thank everybody who responded. Twenty-six agencies. Almost 200 individuals. They did a fantastic job. Securing that scene. Getting people out that were in danger. Now, our support goes with (law enforcement) to help them extend the long arm of the law, to help bring this son of a b**** to justice that did this to our community.
Our community comes together in times of tragedy and we're going to do it again. "
Additional pictures of the suspect were released Saturday morning. If you see the suspect, call 911.