MARYSVILLE, Wash. -- Police responded to a Marysville Kmart Wednesday at around 6 p.m after a man reportedly threatened to shoot people. Stills from surveillance video of the suspect have been released.
Earlier in the evening, the man was in the sporting goods section when he overheard an employee mention store security. Employees told police the reference was not about the man, but he thought it was and became upset. It was at this point that the man told the employee that he had a gun and that he was going to shoot everyone in the store.
Employees called 911 and escorted customers out.
Amanda Turner rushed to the Kmart because it is where her cousin works.
It is a thousand different emotions in one. You go from the worst case scenario to the best case scenario, said Turned as she waited in the parking lot to make sure her cousin was okay.
After a couple hours, family members were reunited with loved ones.
SWAT officers searched the building and confirmed the man was no longer in the store.
The suspect is described as a white, heavy-set male, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a gray button shirt and a black bandana around his head. He was seen on surveillance exiting the store before officers arrived. It was unknown if he fled on foot or by vehicle.
No one in the store saw a weapon. It was only implied by the suspect.
Detectives will further review video and attempt to identify the suspect.