The gunman suspected of killing five people at a mall in Washington State was arrested Saturday.
20-year-old Arcan Cetin shot four women and one man near the Macy’s beauty counter at the Cascade Mall in Burlington Friday night.
Island County Sheriff Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Cetin near his home in Oak Harbor, 30 miles west of the mall. Hawley said he immediately recognized Cetin as the suspect and arrested him without incident, Fox News is reporting.
“He said nothing,” said Hawley, who added that Cetin was unarmed and carrying a computer in a satchel when he was apprehended. “He was kind of zombie-like.”
Cetin immigrated to the United States as a child and was a “legal permanent resident,” authorities said.
Last year, he was arrested for simple assault, but officers provided no more details.
The Seattle Times reported that Cetin faced three domestic violence assault charges in both Burlington and Island County, with the victim identified as Cetin’s stepfather. The newspaper reports Cetin also was arrested for drunken driving.
Court records show Cetin was told by a judge on Dec. 29 that he was not to possess a firearm, the newspaper reported.
Cetin’s arrest came 24 hours after his victims were shot at the makeup counter. The four female victims died at the scene. The male victim died later at the hospital.
Local media outlets had identified the victims as of early Sunday. One was 16-year-old Sarai Lara, a cancer survivor and high school sophomore. Her mother, Evangelina, told the Seattle Times that through a translator that she was shopping with Sarai and her younger sister, but they split up.
She said Sarai went to Macy’s looking for pants. News of the shooting spread through the mall, and Lara tried to get to her daughter but was unable to do so.
KIRO-TV identified two more victims as Belinda Galde, 64, and her mother, 95-year-old Beatrice Dotson.
The Seattle Times identified the other two victims as Macy’s makeup artist Shyla Martin, 52, and Chuck Eagan, a Boeing maintenance worker who was shot while helping his wife flee the store.
More information is coming out about Cetin after his arrest. As of press time, his Twitter feed was still up.
He graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 2015, My Northwest is reporting, the same year he was arrested on the assault charge.