20-Year-Old Arrested And Charged In Fatal Washington Mall Shooting
A suspect has been arrested and charged with five counts of first-degree murder after a fatal Washington mall shooting, according to reports.
The news comes one day after one man and four women were reported dead at The Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.
The suspect, 20-year-old Arcan Cetin, was taken into custody around 7 pm by Island County Sheriff's Office near his home in Oak Harbor, Washington after a manhunt that lasted almost 24 hours. Oak Harbor is around 29 miles southwest of Burlington.
Authorities tweeted updates during the hunt for the alleged gunman.
Cetin will appear in Skagit County District Court on Monday.
Cetin fled from Cascade Mall after allegedly firing multiple times in the Macy's store, dumping his weapon at the scene. So far only two victim's identities have been released. One was Sarai Lara, a 16-year-old cancer survivor and another was Shayla Martin, a 52-year-old makeup artist.
When officers approached Cetin in Oak Harbor, he didn't run. Lt. Mike Hawley of the Island County Sheriff's Office said that he was "just kind of zombie-like" and said nothing.
Cetin wasn't armed at the time of his arrest.
Hawley said that Cetin was arrested last year for simple assault, but provided no further details. The Seattle Times reports that according to Skagit County court records, the gunman has three domestic violence assault charges on his criminal record and has been arrested for drunk driving.
Police say that the public helped identify him based on blurry photos from grainy security footage that was distributed online.
Cetin is originally from Turkey and is not Hispanic as they previously thought.
Authorities say it's too early in the investigation to rule in or rule out terrorism. So far, his motive is unclear. What we do know is that Cetin's ex-girlfriend used to work at that specific Macy's.