12:45 p.m. Central United Methodist Church at 1013 Polte Road in Sedro-Woolley plans to host a prayer vigil at 5 p.m.

12 p.m.: Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton met with community members at Maiben Park today, as well. He described the events as "surreal" and said he had a heartbreaking meeting with the woman whose husband later died last night.

“That could have been any of us at the mall with our families,” Sexton said.

He said he hopes the community can help identify the shooter.

“We have battled through a lot, and we will battle through this together. That’s what Skagit County does,” he said.

11 a.m.:

Erica Allen, 17, a senior at Burlington-Edison High School, was one of those at Maiben Park this morning trying to process what had happened Friday night.

She was at the high school football game when it was cancelled because of the shooting. She said everyone was told to leave after the first quarter.

"It's weird because nothing ever happens here,” she said.

Valerie McCormack of Sedro-Woolley, who has lost two of her own children, was feeling for the victims’ families Saturday.

“Those were somebody’s kids who were in the mall, and it’s really heartbreaking. You never know what happens.”

She said she didn’t let fear that the gunman was still on the loose keep her at home.

“I was afraid, but we can’t lock ourselves in our houses. We need to show support and let the community know they’re not alone.”


10:45 a.m.: A press release from the Skagit County Department of Emergency Management says that the SMART team is currently reconstructing the entire scene, conducting forensic scanning and collecting evidence.

The Coroner’s Office will release details about the identity of the victims following an autopsy and notification of immediate family.

Detectives are pursuing leads from the public. Call 360-428-3211 or email scinv@co.skagit.wa.us


10:15 a.m.: Community members gathered at Maiben Park in Burlington this morning to show support and comfort each other.

Carla Thompson, whose sister Julie Binschus died in a 2008 shooting rampage through Skagit County that killed six people and injured four others, was one of those at the park this morning.

"I just felt like I wanted to be here to show my support," she said.

She was joined by their cousin, Darci Ridenhour.

"When I heard about this, it just brought back all those awful memories," she said. "This is going to be a hard one."

Burlington resident Debra Chappel was also at the park. She was in the mall Friday night when the shooting happened.

"This was very unexpected for this area," Chappel said. "I love this community."


BURLINGTON — Five people are dead after a shooting Friday night at Cascade Mall, and police this morning are still searching for the gunman.

The mall remains closed today, and the city has cancelled the Burlington Harvest Festival. Some community members were gathering at Maiben Park in a show of support.

Check back for updates on this story throughout the day.

* Kera Wanielista, Marilyn Napier and Scott Terrell reporting.

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