Police Say Suspect In Washington State Mall Shooting In Custody

September 25, 2016

State authorities say they have arrested a suspect in the deadly shooting of five people, almost 24 hours after a gunman opened fire in a crowded mall in small-town Burlington, Wash., on Friday evening.

According to the Associated Press, the man in custody has been identified as 20-year-old Arcan Cetin, a resident of Oak Harbor, Wash., where he was taken into custody, about 30 miles west of the crime scene.

Washington State Patrol confirmed the capture in a tweet that said “#cascademallshooter is in custody,” while Washington State Patrol spokesman, Sgt. Mark Francis, tweeted “Gunman captured tonight by authorities.”

The suspect’s motive is still under investigation. As NPR’s Merrit Kennedy reported on Saturday morning, police believe he acted alone. Spokesman Sgt. Mark Francis said:

“We believe at this point one lone shooter,” Francis said. “This investigation will be ongoing, and whether or not someone helped him out in some way is yet to be determined.”

The Skagit County Department of Emergency Management released a grainy image from security camera footage, that shows an unarmed suspect. Police Lt. Chris Cammock said the suspect walked into the mall without a weapon — and “about 10 minutes later, entered Macy’s with a rifle,” Merrit says.

A press conference to discuss the suspect’s capture is scheduled for 9:30 Eastern time Saturday night.

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