Turkish immigrant arrested for shopping mall shooting spree

WASHINGTON STATE PATROL / SGT. MARK FRANCIS / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

A handout picture made available by the Washington State Patrol on 25 September 2016 shows 20-year-old Arcan Cetin, a suspect in the fatal shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington, USA, 23 September 2016. Five people were fatally shot at Cascade shopping mall about 65 miles north of Seattle, on the evening of 23 September 2016.

Turkish immigrant arrested for shopping mall shooting spree


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Police in Oak Harbour, Washington arrested the sole suspect in a shooting spree on Friday.

Following a 20-hour manhunt, police arrested Arcan Cetin, 20, a legal Turkish immigrant. Cetin will appear in court on Monday.

On Friday, Cetin killed four women and a man at a Macy’s store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, a community 100km north of Seattle.

Little is known about the type of weapon he used or his mental health.

The key to his arrest was the identification of his car from CCTV footage.

Authorities were initially looking for a “Hispanic” man. The local sheriff was tipped when the car was seen in Oak Harbour.

He was not armed and did not resist arrest; police said he froze, “zombie-like.”

His motive is unknown.

Authorities are planning to execute a number of search warrants as they try to piece together the puzzle that led to the assault.

Authorities have not ruled out terrorism. But, the FBI has no evidence that suggests ideological or religious motivation. Cetin had a record; in the past, he had been arrested on simple assault charges.

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