WA Man, 20, Arrested in Killing of Five at Shopping Mall

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Tips and surveillance video led to the arrest of a 20-year-old Oak Harbor, Wa., man in connection with Friday’s deadly shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Wa., in which five people were killed. The suspect, identified as Arcan Cetin, was arrested Saturday evening as he walked along a street in Oak Harbor, the Seattle Times reports. Cetin was identified as a suspect from tips and after police examined surveillance video from the mall and saw a car connected to him,  said Mount Vernon Police Department Lt. Chris Cammock. Police mistakenly had identified the suspect as a Hispanic. Cetin is a Turkish immigrant.

Court records show Cetin has a criminal record that included three domestic-violence assault charges, with the victim identified as Cetin’s stepfather. He also was arrested for drunken driving. Cetin was told by a judge on Dec. 29 that he was not to possess a firearm. However, Cetin’s stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, saying his stepson was “going through a hard time” and that he couldn’t help him with the order in place. Cammock said the suspect walked into the mall apparently unarmed shortly before 7 p.m. and returned about 10 minutes later with a rifle. Cammock said detectives do not know whether Cetin had a connection with any of the victims, four women and a man. Burlington, a city of 8,500, is 65 miles due north of Seattle.


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