Police nab gunman who killed five
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.