Po­lice nab gun­man who killed five

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AU­THOR­I­TIES ar­rested a Turk­ish-born man sus­pected of shoot­ing five peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing a teenaged can­cer sur­vivor, at a shop­ping mall in the US state of Washington.

State Pa­trol spokesper­son Sergeant Mark Fran­cis named the sus­pect as Ar­can Cetin, a 20-yearold res­i­dent of the nearby town of Oak Har­bor, say­ing he was ar­rested about 24 hours af­ter the killings. There were no other sus­pects. Po­lice had ini­tially de­scribed the sus­pect as a His­panic man in his late teens or early 20s.

A Face­book page that ap­peared to be­long to Cetin said he was born in Adana, Turkey, went to Oak Har­bor High School and had worked at a gro­cery store on the town’s Whid­bey Is­land.

Cetin opened fire with a ri­fle in the makeup sec­tion of a Macy’s de­part­ment store, killing four women and a man, on Septem­ber 23. He later left the store on foot trig­ger­ing an in­tense man­hunt.

A weapon was re­cov­ered at the store in Burlington, a town of about 8000 peo­ple some 110 kilo­me­tres (70 miles) north of Seat­tle.

Burlington Mayor Steve Sex­ton’s voice trem­bled as he noted that the ran­dom­ness of gun vi­o­lence in Amer­ica – which causes an es­ti­mated 30,000 deaths a year – had hit his small town.

“This was a sense­less act, the world knock­ing on our doorstep. It came to our lit­tle com­mu­nity,” Mr Sex­ton said.

Po­lice re­ceived calls around 6:58pm on Septem­ber 23 that shots were fired at the mall.

The shooter had walked in with­out a weapon, and ap­peared on se­cu­rity cam­eras about 10 min­utes later with a ri­fle.

The shoot­ing came amid fierce de­bate in Amer­ica over gun con­trol laws. It is a hot is­sue on the cam­paign trail ahead of the Novem­ber 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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