- Reuters/Matt McKnight
A suspect in the fatal shooting of five people at a Washington state mall was taken into custody on Saturday.
Washington state police identified the suspect as 20-year-old Arcan Cetin of Oak Harbor, Washington.
At a press conference early Sunday, authorities said they arrested Cetin after receiving witnesses’ tips and reviewing security videos from outside the mall that helped them identify his vehicle.
Cetin was known to authorities, and was arrested last year on an assault charge, authorities said. Police added that they haven’t yet determined a motive for the shooting.
Police first received reports of shots fired in Burlington’s Cascade Mall around 7 p.m. PT on Friday night. A gunman had opened fire in a Macy’s department store, killing four women and critically injuring a man, who later died in a hospital.
The shooter then disappeared under the cover of darkness at the Cascade Mall on Friday, authorities said. The suspect remained at large for nearly a full day as authorities launched their search.
OFFICIAL: Here is a DOL photo of the suspect: Arcan Cetin, 20-yr-old Oak Harbor resident. pic.twitter.com/fypj6aBBJ2
— Trooper H. Axtman (@wspd7pio) September 25, 2016
The suspect is believed to have entered the mall in Burlington, around 65 miles (105 km) north of Seattle, and began shooting in the cosmetics section of the Macy’s store, police said.
He initially walked into the shopping center without the rifle, but surveillance video later caught him brandishing the weapon, said Lieutenant Chris Cammock of the Mount Vernon Police Department at a briefing on Saturday.
(Reuters reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Michael Perry)