Suspect arrested in deadly US mall shooting
Ercan Çetin, 20, shot and killed four women, 1 man at Washington state mall.
NEW YORK (AA) – Washington state police on Saturday arrested a suspect behind a deadly shooting at a mall in Burlington.
Ercan Çetin, 20, has been named as the alleged perpetrator of the shooting deaths of four women and one man at Cascade Mall on Friday night.
Çetin graduated from high school in 2015 and and is originally from Turkey.
"We're going to be a stronger Skagit County," Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger told reporters Saturday.
Lt. Mike Hawley with the Island County Sheriff's Office was with a reserved deputy when the pair arrested Cetin, who was walking down a local street, according to media reports.
"He said nothing," Hawley said. "Kind of zombie-like is best I could describe him."
Online records show Çetin was arrested last June for a misdemeanor assault. He was not convicted, but ordered to undergo a mental evaluation in August, which was completed in March. He was in compliance with weekly mental counseling as of last month.
Cetin also faced charges in 2014 for domestic violence, and was ordered to stay away from his parents after a no-contact order was issued. He was not convicted, and the order was later lifted during a hearing in which his parents were present.
Officials on Saturday declined to release identities of the victims pending autopsies and notification of famiies, but a family friend identified one of the women as Sarai Lara, a 16-year-old cancer survivor, according to local TV station KOMO.
"She was a strong girl, she told me a lot about her life and I trusted her with everything," the unnamed individual told the station. "She gave me advice and helped me through a lot. She told me about (losing) her hair and everything."
Officials initially placed the death toll at four and described the suspect as Hispanic.
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