BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON: A 20-year-old man is in custody in the fatal shooting of five people at a mall in a rural town in western Washington, state police said late Saturday.
Authorities identified the suspect as Arcan Cetin of Oak Harbor, Washington, a town about 30 miles from the scene of the multiple killing.
Earlier Saturday, police had circulated several images from a surveillance camera showing a man with dark hair in a black, short-sleeved shirt, shorts and shoes entering the Cascade Mall in Burlington empty-handed on Friday evening, then later brandishing a rifle in a Macy’s department store.
At about 7:20 p.m. local time, the Washington State Patrol tweeted, “#cascademallshooter is in custody.” Cetin was arrested in Oak Harbor.
Cetin’s Facebook page says he is originally from Adana, a city in southern Turkey, but that he went to high school in Oak Harbor and formerly worked as a bagger at the Whidbey Island Commissary.
Four women died at the scene of the shooting, and a man died from his wounds after being rushed to Skagit Valley Hospital. Police said the ages of the victims ranged from a teenager to a senior citizen.
Hayley Thompson, the Skagit County coroner, said the victims would be identified only after she examines their bodies at the hospital.
But one victim was identified by family members as 16-year-old Sarai Lara, a high school student who had survived cancer as a young girl. Her sister, Evangelina Lara, told the Seattle Times the teenager had been pronounced dead by police at 2 a.m. Saturday morning.