Po­lice cap­ture mall gun­man who killed five

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Au­thor­i­ties have ar­rested a Turk­ish-born man sus­pected of shoot­ing five peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing a teenage can­cer sur­vivor, at a shop­ping mall in the US state of Wash­ing­ton.

Po­lice named the sus­pect as Ar­can Cetin ( pix), a 20-yearold res­i­dent of the nearby town of Oak Har­bor, say­ing he was ar­rested late Satur­day about 24 hours af­ter the killings.

The FBI of­fice in Seat­tle said it had no ev­i­dence the shoot­ing was ter­ror-re­lated.

The gun­man opened fire with a ri­fle in the makeup sec­tion of a Macy’s de­part­ment store late Fri­day, killing four women and a man, ac­cord­ing to po­lice. He later left the store on foot, trig­ger­ing an in­tense man­hunt.

A weapon was re­cov­ered at the scene of the vi­o­lence, Cas­cade Mall in Burling­ton, a town of about 8,000 peo­ple some 110km north of Seat­tle. Po­lice are still try­ing to es­tab­lish a mo­tive. The youngest vic­tim was named as Sarai Lara, 16, who sur­vived can­cer as a young girl. Rel­a­tives named an­other vic­tim as 52-year-old Shayla Martin, who worked as a Macy’s makeup artist.

Au­thor­i­ties had ini­tially de­scribed the sus­pect as a His­panic man in his late teens or early 20s.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic called in with nu­mer­ous tips that helped lead to the ar­rest, po­lice said, ad­ding that Cetin’s fam­ily was co­op­er­at­ing.

While Cetin was born in Turkey, he is a le­gal per­ma­nent res­i­dent of the US, said Lieu­tenant Chris Cam­mock, crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions chief for the Mount Ver­non Po­lice De­part­ment.

He is due in court today. – AFP

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