[Ed. – Backstory here. *UPDATE* below.]
A suspect was arrested in the shooting at a crowded shopping mall in this small town north of Seattle, authorities said Saturday night, almost 24 hours after a gunman killed five people there and disappeared into the evening darkness.
The sheriff’s office in neighboring Island County said the 20-year-old suspect was apprehended in Oak Harbor, home to the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and about 30 miles west of the Burlington crime scene. No further details were released about the arrest or the suspect’s identity. …
Four female victims died at the scene, and a man later succumbed to his injuries. Police did not identify the victims but said they ranged in age from a teenage girl to senior citizens. …
Investigators said that though it was too early to ascribe a motive to the assault, there was no indication at this stage that the killings were an act of terrorism.
[Ed. – *UPDATE*: CNN reported a short time after this original post that the suspect has been identified as a 20-year-old immigrant from Turkey, a naturalized U.S. citizen named Arcan Cetin. Police said yesterday he was thought to be Hispanic. Now they are saying it’s too early to rule out a terrorist motive.]
The suspect in the Washington state mall shooting immigrated from Turkey, but is a legal permanent resident in the United States, authorities said.
[Breaking news update, 12:55 a.m.]
Washington state authorities said it’s too early to rule out terrorism in the mall shooting because their investigation is still in the preliminary stages.
[Breaking news update, 12:54 a.m.]
The suspect in the Washington state mall shooting Friday night did not try to run when confronted by police Saturday, he just froze and complied, authorities said. His motive is still unknown.
[Previous story, published at 12:24 a.m.]
One day after a shooting left five people dead at a mall north of Seattle, authorities arrested a 20-year-old suspect after an overnight manhunt that left the city on edge.