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Washington Shooting Suspect Arrested   09/25 10:26

   The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said 
nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was arrested by authorities nearly 
24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities said.

   BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) -- The 20-year-old suspect in the deadly Washington 
state mall shooting said nothing and appeared "zombie-like" when he was 
arrested by authorities nearly 24 hours into an intense manhunt, authorities 
said.

   As the small city absorbed the news, critical questions remained, including 
the shooter's motive.

   Island County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Arcan Cetin from a 
patrol car Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Washington, and immediately 
recognized him as the suspect who killed five people at the Cascade Mall in 
nearby Burlington.

   Hawley said at a news conference they had received information that Cetin, 
of Oak Harbor, was in the area. Cetin, who immigrated to the U.S. from Turkey, 
is a legal permanent resident who has been living in Oak Harbor, authorities 
said. He had been arrested once before in the county for assault, Hawley said.

   "I literally hit my brakes, did a quick turn, I jumped out," Hawley said. 
"We both jumped out with our guns, and he just froze."

   Cetin was unarmed and was carrying a satchel with a computer in it.

   "He was kind of zombie-like," Hawley said.

   The suspect's arrest capped a frantic search following the slayings of five 
people the day before.

   The first 911 call came in just before 7 p.m. on a busy Friday at the 
Cascade Mall: A man with a rifle was shooting at people in the Macy's 
department store.

   By the time police arrived moments later, the carnage at the Macy's makeup 
counter was complete. Four people were dead, and the shooter was gone, last 
seen walking toward Interstate 5. The fifth victim, a man, died in the early 
morning hours Saturday as police finished sweeping the 434,000-square-foot 
building.

   "There are people waking up this morning, and their world has changed 
forever. The city of Burlington has probably changed forever, but I don't think 
our way of life needs to change," Burlington Mayor Steve Sexton said Saturday 
at a news conference.

   Authorities said it now appears the rifle was brought into the mall from the 
suspect's vehicle that was there, Mount Vernon police Lt. Chris Cammock said 
Saturday night.

   Cetin has not been charged, Cammock said. He will be booked into the Skagit 
County Jail and is expected to appear in Skagit County District Court on Monday.

   The Seattle Times reports (http://bit.ly/2cWhxJY) that Skagit County court 
records show three domestic-violence assault charges against Cetin. The victim 
was identified as Cetin's stepfather.

   The newspaper reports Cetin also was arrested for drunken driving.

   Cetin was told by an Island County District Court judge on Dec. 29 that he 
was not to possess a firearm, the newspaper reported.

   However, the stepfather urged the judge not to impose a no-contact order, 
saying his stepson was "going through a hard time."

   Attempts to reach suspect's family and friends for comment by phone and 
social media late Saturday night weren't immediately successful.

   Initially the suspect in the mall shooting was described as Hispanic, but 
Hawley said that was based on initial witness statements to the shooting at the 
mall.

   Surveillance video captured the suspect entering the mall unarmed and then 
recorded him about 10 minutes later entering the Macy's with a "hunting type" 
rifle in his hand, Cammock said.

   The identities of the victims --- four women who ranged in age from a 
teenager to a senior citizen --- were withheld pending autopsies and 
notification of family. The identity of the man who was fatally shot was also 
withheld and may not be released until Monday.

   Earlier Saturday as police scrambled to find the shooter, the small city 
about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Seattle waited and worried.

   The community of 8,600 people is too far from Seattle to be a commuter town, 
but its population swells to 55,000 during the day because of a popular outlet 
mall and other stores and businesses. Burlington is the only major retail 
center within 30 miles (48 kilometers) in a region where agriculture is king.

   "It's too scary. It's too close to home," said Maria Elena Vasquez, who 
attended a gathering in a city park Saturday with her husband and two young 
children.

   Those who survived were still trying to process what happened as their 
community became the latest entry on a list of places known by the rest of 
world for mass shootings.

   Joanne Burkholder, 19, of nearby Mount Vernon, was watching the movie "The 
Magnificent Seven" in the mall's theater when security guards came in and told 
them to evacuate immediately. Dozens of panicked moviegoers gathered in the 
hallway, and Burkholder heard screaming as the officers escorted them to safety 
in a parking lot.

   As she drove home later, she had to pull over because she was shaking so 
hard, she told The Associated Press.

   "I'm just very thankful for my life this morning. I've never been so 
terrified in my life," she said Saturday, trying to hold back tears as she 
attended the community vigil.

   People who believed they may have lost loved ones were being sequestered at 
a church three blocks from the mall, where counselors and a golden retriever 
therapy dog were present.

   The Seattle Times reported that one of the victims in the deadly Washington 
state mall shooting is a 16-year-old girl.

   Sarai Lara's mother said she had survived cancer as a young girl and was a 
happy student.

   Evangelina Lara told ( http://bit.ly/2cWhxJY ) the newspaper through a 
translator that she was shopping Friday night at the Cascade Mall in 
Burlington, Washington, with Sarai and her younger sister, but they split up.

   Evangelina Lara says it was confirmed at 2 a.m. Saturday that her daughter 
was among the five people killed.

   Dozens of people attended a Saturday evening prayer service for the victims. 
The gathering was held at Central United Methodist Church in nearby 
Sedro-Woolley, Washington.

   The Rev. Cody Natland lit five candles on a table in front of the church, 
one for each victim.   


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