Suspect in fatal shooting of 5 at Washington mall captured, identified

By REUTERS
September 25, 2016 09:36

 
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BURLINGTON, Wash.  - The gunman believed to have opened fire with a rifle at a Washington state mall, killing five people, was captured on Saturday one day after the attack, authorities said.

Authorities identified the shooter as Arcan Cetin, 20, a resident of Oak Harbor, Washington. Police said he was taken into custody without incident in Oak Harbor, some 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Burlington where the shooting occurred 24 hours earlier.

The gunman began shooting at the Cascade Mall around 7 p.m. local time on Friday in the cosmetics section of a Macy's department store, police said, killing four women as well as one man who died later at a hospital.

Police told reporters nothing is yet known about Cetin's possible motive but they were not ruling out anything, including terrorism. They described his demeanor when apprehended as "zombie like," and said he was unarmed.

They said he was born in Turkey, and described his status as that of a "legal, permanent resident" in the United States

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