Two days ago, the first Muslim mayor of a major European city, London’s Sadiq Khan visited the United States and in the wake of the New York City bombing said“terror attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city.”
Before meeting with New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, Khan said major cities around the world “have got to be prepared for these sorts of things” to happen when people least expect them.”
Tragically it appears we are living in a “new normal” as our nation once again reels from an attack at a suburban shopping mall. Is this “terror related.” Too soon to say, as these are the facts so far.
The Wall Street Journal reports, Five people were killed after a young man with a rifle opened fire at a Macy’s department store in Washington state Friday night.
The shooting at the crowded Cascade Mall, about 65 miles north of Seattle, sent shoppers pouring out into the parking lot and sparked a massive manhunt.
But late Friday night, after a search of the 434,000 square-foot mall, they revised the number again: four women had been killed, they said. One man, in his 60s, later died after being flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Hours later, the police were still searching for the suspected shooter, described as a Hispanic man, and wearing gray. In the early chaos, police at first said there were four dead, then revised that number to three dead and two injured.
But late Friday night, after a search of the 434,000 square-foot mall, they revised the number again: four women had been killed, they said. One man, in his 60s, later died after being flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.The suspected shooter, a slim, dark-haired man dressed in gray, was last seen walking away from the mall, said Heather Axtman, a state trooper. The shooter’s motive is unknown at this time, Ms. Axtman said.
No doubt Donald Trump will be blamed for this one if the man is indeed Hispanic, and there will of course be calls for more gun control, regardless of how the shooter obtained his weapon.
We’ll provide updates as they are available. But most importantly we send our condolences to the families of the victims.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]